Texas Governor Greg Abbott bans vaccine mandates by “any entity” in the state


Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday banning “any entity” in the state from imposing a vaccine mandate. Abbott had beforehand issued orders banning authorities officers and entities from instating masks mandates

“No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19,” the order reads. “I hereby suspend all relevant statutes to the extent necessary to enforce this prohibition.”

Those discovered in violation of the order will probably be topic to a nice.

Abbott additionally introduced that he has added the difficulty of banning vaccine mandates to the agenda of the subsequent particular session of the state’s legislature. The order will probably be rescinded as soon as laws is handed, Abbott stated.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” Abbott stated.

The determination comes after President Biden introduced a sweeping vaccine measure final month that requires all federal employees and contractors to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. Mr. Biden additionally introduced that the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration would develop a rule mandating that each one employers with 100 or extra staff both require vaccinations or make unvaccinated employees present a destructive take a look at as soon as per week. It isn’t but clear when the OSHA rule will probably be applied.

Multiple college districts in the state have defied Abbott’s earlier ban on masks mandates. The state has filed lawsuits in opposition to these districts.

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