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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Attorney General Daniel Cameron is applauding a Louisiana federal court ruling that struck down a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for staff and volunteers at federal Head Start programs in 24 states, including Kentucky.

The ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana affirms the legal challenge brought by Cameron and 23 other states in December of 2021, which argued that the vaccine mandate was unlawful and unconstitutional.

In a written statement Cameron called the ruling a triumph for Head Start grantees, staff and volunteers.

“In the Commonwealth, more than 17,000 children are served by Kentucky’s 28 Head Start grantees. These programs feared the loss of large numbers of staff, volunteers, contractors, and service providers due to the Biden Administration’s unlawful and unconstitutional mandate.

“The District Court’s decision recognizes that the Biden Administration exceeded its authority in implementing the Head Start mandate.

“Legal challenges to the mandates for federal contractors and healthcare workers remain ongoing, and we will continue to push back against these unlawful requirements to protect the freedoms of all Kentuckians.”

There is no word yet as to whether those opposed to the ruling will appeal.