The governor dand Texas, the republicano Gregg Abbottannounced on Monday that prohibits the obligatory from vaccine against him covid-19 for any entity in that southern United States state, including private businesses.
I issued an Executive Order prohibiting vaccination mandates by ANY entity in Texas, “the Governor wrote on Twitter.
Abbot added that the covid vaccine it is safe, effective and represents the best defense against him virus, but “must always be voluntary and never forced“,
Issuing an Executive Order prohibiting vaccine mandates by any entity.
This issue has also been added to the Third Special Session agenda.https://t.co/gKRf4n84Dh #txlege
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) October 11, 2021
Attached to the tweet was the press release announcing the executive order stipulating that “no entity in Texas may compel any individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, including an employee or consumer who opposes such vaccination for any reason. of personal conscience, based on a religious belief or for medical reasons, including previous recovery from covid-19 “.
The order came a month after Democratic President Joe Biden announced that vaccines would be mandatory for federal workers and for businesses with more than 100 employees.
Many prominent Republicans have described the mandate as an overreach and an attack on personal liberties.
Abbott, which had previously vigorously opposed the mask requirement, tested positive for COVID-19 in August after attending a public event indoors.
The governor is fully vaccinated.
While his anti-mask and anti-vaccine stance has brought him support from supporters of former President Donald Trump, it has drawn strong criticism from Texas Democrats.
Julian Castro, a former Democratic presidential candidate and former Austin mayor, noted in August that “from day one,” Abbott “has put his own policy (aspiration) … before public health.