By Ailan Evans
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order late Monday prohibiting all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state of Texas.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should always remain voluntary and never forced,” Abbott said in a tweet announcing the executive order.
The ban prohibits “any entity,” including schools, private businesses, and local governments, from compelling an individual to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if they object due to reasons of “personal conscience,” such as religious beliefs. Abbott specifically took aim at the vaccine mandates announced in early September by President Joe Biden as his reason for issuing the order, arguing the mandates would harm Texas businesses and threaten Texans’ livelihoods.
I issued an Executive Order prohibiting vaccine mandates by ANY entity in Texas.
I also added the issue to the Special Session agenda.
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, & our best defense against the virus, but should always remain voluntary & never forced. pic.twitter.com/8hHHLyebCk
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 11, 2021
“[I]n yet another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’s continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott wrote in the executive order.
Abbott also called on the state legislature to pass a law with the same effect as the executive order, and said he would rescind his order when such legislation was passed.
Abbott has pushed for relaxed COVID-19 restrictions since the early months of the pandemic, reopening schools and repealing mask requirements earlier than most states. The governor also issued an executive order in May banning schools and local governments from instituting their own mask mandates.
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3 thoughts on “Gov. Abbott bans all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Texas”
Welp, the skiing is not as good in Texas, but they do have good Governor there at least that seems to care about his people.
The real estate section in Texas might be worth a look over.
Perfect, let the people make up their own minds……
So with the Biden mandate in the country, does anyone really listen to this senile old fool,
let’s have him stand and take questions from the American people not bought and paid for
goons……… This so-called leader of the free world wouldn’t last five minutes, he’s a joke !!
Hey Joe, you’re doing a hell of a job-destroying our country and Vermont’s DC delegation
support this clowns agenda……..sad, very sad, we deserve better
Now here is a man with grapes. Unlike the RINO we have in office.
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