Texas Governor Greg Abbott this Monday banned the vaccine mandates by any entity. Among them are private employers in the state!
“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,’’ Abbott stated, announcing the order.
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The executive order says, “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.”
“I hereby suspend all relevant statutes to the extent necessary to enforce this prohibition,” the order continued.
Also, Abbott stated that the issue as an agenda to the third legislative session, convened until October 19, to give lawmakers the chance to pass a law with similar effect.
“The executive order will be rescinded upon the passage of such legislation,” he added.
In September, Biden issued a directive to compel private companies with more than 100 employees to test them every week. Due to this directive, the companies faced $13,600 in fines for a violation.
Abbott stated that Biden’s decision was an assault on private businesses and stated that Texas would halt this power grab, together with more than a dozen states rejecting this mandate.
Abbott’s latest executive order, GA-40, states, “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.”
“Countless Texans fear losing their livelihoods because they object to receiving a COVID-19 vaccination for reasons of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.” The order added.
Texas Governor in the executive order stated that Texas legislature “has taken care to provide exemptions that allow people to opt-out of being forced to take a vaccine for reasons of conscience or medical reasons.”
He signed into law a measure banning government entities and private businesses from asking proof of C-19 vaccination as a rule to enter.