Governor Abbott issues an EO banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including for private employers and businesses

Abbott also called on the Legislature to pass a law banning the expanded vaccine mandates.

WHEREAS, COVID-19 vaccines are strongly encouraged for those eligible to receive one, but must always be voluntary for Texans; and

WHEREAS, I issued Executive Orders GA-35, GA-38, and GA-39 to prohibit
governmental entities and certain others from imposing COVID- 19 vaccine mandates or requiring vaccine passports; and

WHEREAS, in 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; ….

Governor A-Butt:

On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (A-Butt) issued an executive order “banning any entity in Texas, including private businesses, from requiring vaccinations for employees or customers.”

Basically, the governor issued another executive order that pretty much is the same as a previous executive order he issued several months ago that the San Antonio Independent School District has challenged in court. The only difference in A-Butt’s current order is that it includes a part where no private employer can require “vaccines of their own employees” and private businesses cannot deny services to the unvaccinated.

Currently, Texas has a vaccination rate of approximately 52 percent.

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