AUSTIN (KXAN) — Months after issuing an executive order banning mandates on face masks for governmental entities, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a new order continuing current policy prohibiting the same entities from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations.
As part of the order:
- No governmental entity can compel anyone to receive a COVID-19 vaccine
- State agencies and local political divisions cannot adopt or enforce any order or policy requiring vaccinations
- Any public or private entity that receives government funding cannot require customers or patrons to provide COVID-19 vaccination status or proof of vaccination. Entry cannot be denied on this basis.
The order maintains that vaccinations in Texas remain voluntary.
Gov. Abbott said he was adding the issue to the agenda for the current special session of the Texas Legislature.
“Vaccine requirements and exemptions have historically been determined by the legislature, and their involvement is particularly important to avoid a patchwork of vaccine mandates across Texas.”Governor Greg Abbott