Texas Gov. Abbott reinforces vaccine mandate ban

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AUSTIN, Texas (LifeSiteNews) – Republican Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has reiterated his support for preventing government entities from mandating that employees receive COVID vaccination.

“No governmental entity can compel any individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine,” an August 25 executive order by Abbott says.

It also bans government agencies, as well as organizations that have received federal funding, from implementing a vaccine passport system.

“Any public or private entity that is receiving or will receive public funds through any means, including grants, contracts, loans, or other disbursements of taxpayer money, shall not require a consumer to provide, as a condition of receiving any service or entering any place, documentation regarding the consumer’s vaccination status for any COVID-19 vaccine,” the executive order says.

“No consumer may be denied entry to a facility financed in whole or in part by public funds for failure to provide documentation regarding the consumer’s vaccination status for any COVID-19 vaccine,” Abbott’s order reads.

Nursing homes and similar facilities are exempted from the order, however.

“The new Executive Order emphasizes that the path forward relies on personal responsibility rather than government mandates,” Abbott said.

The governor also announced an extension of his ban on schools mandating masks. He said Texans should continue to exercise their “individual right and responsibility to decide for themselves and their children whether they will wear masks, open their businesses, and engage in leisure activities.”

His position has remained the same since his first executive order on vaccine mandates in April.

During the April announcement, he said “these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced. Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives,” Abbott said.

While the executive order applies to government entities, workers at private companies can still be coerced to get vaccinated or lose their job.

However, Abbott has signed legislation that prevents businesses from asking customers for proof of vaccination to enter. “Texans should have the freedom to go where they want without any limits, restrictions, or requirements,” the governor said in June.

The hole in Texas law has allowed companies in the Lone Star State to fire employees who have chosen not to get vaccinated and to take other coercive measures.

For example, Houston Methodist Hospital fired 150 employees who decided not to get vaccinated.

Other medical groups in Texas have required staff to get vaccinated, including Texas Health Resources and Baylor Scott & White.