Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Issues Executive Order Banning Vaccine Mandates in His State

By Melanie Arter | October 12, 2021 | 10:43am EDT
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (Photo by JOEL ANGEL JUAREZ/AFP via Getty Images)
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (Photo by JOEL ANGEL JUAREZ/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday banning vaccine mandates in his state by any entity.

The executive order states that no entity in Texas can compel anyone - “employee or consumer” - to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they have an objection “for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.” 

"The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced," Abbott said in a statement. 

The executive order states that “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- 1 9 vaccination for reasons of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19,” it adds.

The governor also sent a message to the Chief Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate adding this issue as an item to the Third Special Session agenda. The executive order will be rescinded upon the passage of such legislation. 

The executive order “shall supersede any conflicting order issued by local officials in response to the COVID-19 disaster.”

It also issues the “maximum fine allowed under Section 4 1 8. 173 of the Texas Government Code.”

“The State’s emergency management plan shall apply to any ‘failure to comply with’ this executive order,” it states.

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