Texas Governor Bans Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates in State

Yesterday Texas governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning all state entities, including private employers, from enforcing vaccine mandates. According to the governor, the order states that ‘no entity in Texas’ can enforce vaccination against anyone in the state who objects ‘for any reason of personal conscience, based on religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from Covid-19’.

Abbott said ‘the Covid-19 vaccine is safe, effective and our best defense against the virus but should remain voluntary and never forced.’ The governor also called on the Texas state legislature to pass a law with the same effect and according to the governor’s office, the executive order would be rescinded upon the passage of that law. Abbott previously banned government vaccine mandates, vaccine passport requirements and school districts in the state from requiring masks.