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Head Start Vaccine, Mask Mandates Permanently Halted by Court

Sept. 21, 2022, 7:28 PM

The Biden administration’s requirements that Head Start staff be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and that program participants wear masks have been permanently halted in 24 states, after a federal court in Louisiana held Wednesday that three agencies had no authority to issue them.

The decision by the US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana affects Head Start programs in states ranging from Alaska to Florida that employ 273,600 staff members, serve 874,000 children, and receive help from about 1 million volunteers, Judge Terry A. Doughty said.

The Head Start program provides federal funding for educational and related services ...