Abbott issues executive order banning Texas entities from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statewide executive order banning businesses and institutions from requiring individuals to provide proof of coronavirus vaccination.

In a move against the Biden administration’s mandate that most larger employers require employees to be vaccinated or submit to a COVID-19 testing regimen, Abbot said that Texans should be allowed to “opt out of being forced to take a vaccine for reasons of conscience or medical reasons.”

“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 said. “I hereby suspend all relevant statutes to the extent necessary to enforce this prohibition.”

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