Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) expressed her opposition to a federal rule that mandates masks and vaccinations in federal Head Start programs. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) has already filed a preliminary injunction, and Moody asserted that she would “aggressively push back” against the vaccine mandate.
Moody has echoed in Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R) views of opposing vaccine mandates in the Sunshine State, and during an interview with Fox Business Channel this week, she voiced her opposition to the mandate.
“They just issued a new rule for our Head start programs, for some of our youngest children,” she said. Saying that “the employees must be vaccinated,” Moody added that “they’re even requiring that children as young as two years old have to wear masks in these programs.”
This, she argues, “will affect so many people across our nation.”
Moody informed that the mandate is set to be effective in the Sunshine State, and she insinuated that the mandate could have a gender bias component that she disagrees with.
“This will apply to Head Start programs across the nation… so employees of that program, teachers, those that we’ve trusted to teach our young children” are set to follow the mandate.
“As a mom, not only does that appall me, because children (as young) as two years old will have to be masked’ she said. However, she noted that “most of these teachers in these Head Start programs, I want to say 85%, are women who will now be forced to be vaccinated.”
Moody cited that she takes issue with this, calling it “a new mandate that not too many folks are focusing on,” and, as “a mom paying very close attention to what’s being mandated for our children and our teachers… I will aggressively push back on this newest mandate.”
Similarly, Governor Desantis has vehemently opposed mask mandates in schools as well as opposing vaccine passports and vaccine mandates.