AUSTIN, TX – On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order banning all COVID-19-related mandates in the State of Texas. The order also includes private businesses.
Additionally, he asked the legislature, who are in special session until October 19, to pass a law stating the same (since executive orders signed by governors are not supposed to be permanent). The legislature has already passed a law banning vaccine passports in the state.
The bans were already in effect from a previous order covering government agencies, cities, counties and school districts. The order is being fought in court currently by the San Antonio Independent School District.
.@GregAbbott_TX just ended vaccine tyranny in Texas. If you think orders like this overstep, I would argue that it's never wrong to protect individual liberties against both governmental & private power. Nobody should have the right to mandate vaccines.https://t.co/R0ynG1fhWr
— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) October 12, 2021
Monday’s order takes the bans of mandates to the next level to include private businesses requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
In Abbott’s order, he said, “In yet another instance of federal government 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.”
He also said, “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 will be pulled once the legislature successfully passes the same language in a bill.