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Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday that prohibits entities from imposing vaccine mandates on anyone. The order ostensibly refers to COVID-19 vaccines in particular.

According to a release issued by the governor’s office, the order states that “no entity in Texas” can enforce vaccination against a Texas resident.

In particular, no entity cannot compel vaccines to Texans who object to it. It doesn’t matter if the person refuses because of personal, medical, or religious reasons. 

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Executive Order Does Not Deny Effectiveness of Vaccines

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Even as Abbott’s executive order bans vaccine mandates, it does not deny the vaccine’s effectiveness. In a statement, Abbot conceded that COVID-19 vaccines work.

However, he insists that vaccination should remain a personal choice. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” he said. 

The Republican governor said his executive order is necessary to prevent federal overreach. He specifically referred to President Joe Biden’s recent executive order requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to impose vaccine mandates. Otherwise, unvaccinated workers face a litany of weekly testing.  

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Biden Wants Companies To Impose Vaccine Mandates Now

Meanwhile, the US Department of Labor has yet to release details of the emergency rule. However, that did not stop Biden from calling on companies to act now. They should impose vaccine mandates now and not wait for the guidelines and requirements to go into effect.

Abbott himself tested positive for COVID-19 last August. However, this did not stop him from resisting mask mandates and requiring proof of vaccination.

Texas continues to experience a surge in COVID cases statewide. With hospitals already in full or near-full capacity, Abbott instead chose to invest in monoclonal antibody infusion centers. 

Executive Order Banning Vaccine Mandates Nothing New For Texas

Prior to his executive order, Abbott issued earlier orders banning local governments and school districts from imposing mask mandates.

He also prohibited requiring vaccinations as conditions for entry for schools and businesses. For entities who continue to defy his order, they will face a $1,000 fine. 

However, not all organizations welcomed the Governor’s moves. School districts in Dallas and San Antonio challenged the mask mandates order in court.

Meanwhile, the Texas legislature helped Abbott’s cause. They passed a bill last June that bans private companies from requiring proof of vaccination from customers before providing service. 

Executive Order Asks State Senate to Codify Mandate In a Bill

As an extension of Monday’s executive order, Abbott plans to codify the ban. In particular, he sent a memo to the chief clerk of the Texas state House and the secretary of the State Senate.

The memo requests that the House and Senate codify the order into a bill for ratification. Abbott pledged to revoke his executive order once the GOP-led legislature passes the bill into law. 

Texas got the idea from fellow Republican states that proactively, banned Biden’s vaccine mandates. For example, Montana passed a bill banning vaccination requirements by employers in the state. Meanwhile, Florida passed a law banning businesses from requiring proof of vaccination.

Watch the KHOU 11 video reporting that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issues an executive order that bans vaccine mandates by ‘all entities’ in Texas:

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  • BINH THAI says:

    I SUPPORT GOVERNOR ABBOT BECAUSE VACINE IS PERSONAL CHOICE.TO REDUCE COVID CASE DEPEND EACH INDIVIDUAL. THEY KNOW TO PREVENT COVID BY WEARING MASK,AVOID CONTACT IN BIG GROUP…THOSE WILL REDUCE THE CASE!
    VACINE MANDATE?DOES GOVERNMENT REALLY WANT TO REDUCE THE COVIT OUTBREAK? IF SO WHY THEY LET IILIGAL IMMIGRANTS GET INTO SOUTHERN BORDER WITHOUT VACINE? THE VACINE MANDATE IS ONE WAY TO CONTROL PEOPLE IN COMMUNIST STYLE!DEMOCRATE COMMUNIST DOES NOT CARE FOR AMERICANS!IF THEY DO THEN THEY DID NOT CAUSE BORDER CRISIS!THEY SAY ONE THING BUT THEY DO JUST THE OPPOSIT. BOTTOM LINE: DON’T EVER TRUST WHAT COMMUNIST SAY. WATCH REAL CLOSE THEIR ACTION!

  • The professor says:

    Bing Thai 👍👍👍👍👍 You speak the truth !!!!

  • Homer Sipsome says:

    The Mutant Vax lost its steam and the public’s trust when it didn’t stop the spread. From being told at first that acheiving a 75% vaxxed population would end the virus, end the masking, life back to pre-Covid…to finding that the vaxxed get Covid, spread Covid, get very ill and some die from Covid….well we’ve obviously been had. Oh but u say, “we don’t get as sick”…that’s hard to prove as we all know that the pre-vaxxed data was all jacked up, in part because hospitals were incentivized to call every death, and every major affliction as Covid caused. After getting the vaxx, Fauci wanted us wearing double masks! And Biden tried to force everyone into juicing up with a mega-booster. Power and success deranged, they’d have us all die for them to get a chance at claiming victory. Yet Einstein has it that “doing the same thing and expecting different results is insanity”.

  • Gil says:

    Individual chice

  • Mark Hiatt says:

    Great job, governor Abbott

  • Chas says:

    The liberals and progressive’s have gone freaking nuts nowadays. Yes, liberal and progressive are the same thing. No such thing as democrat anymore! Myself as an independent voter will never vote for a democrat again as long as they remain and play into the so called woke agendas! Vax should be an independent and individual choice. It very sad we are even having to discuss this. When you have 1,000 upon 1,000’s illegals storming are boarders bring in god know what, this administration has lost all credibility when it come to any mandates for vaccine! And then on top of that china joe praising company fireing’s for not getting back. This guy is a freaking walking disaster!!!!

  • Dee says:

    Biden is absolutely horrible and Kamal is right there with the rest of the Communist, leftist, extreme liberals. I pray to God that we take back the house and senate. These mandates are unconstitutional, especially that he exempts some!!

  • Johnny says:

    gov. abbott needs to get back to fixing the border crisis ,if nothing more then putting lots of concertina razor wire in all the holes in the border fence ,that would slow them down if not stop them . it would be cheaper

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