Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday prohibiting any entity, together with personal companies, from imposing Covid-19 vaccination necessities on workers or clients.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is secure, efficient, and our greatest protection towards the virus, however ought to stay voluntary and by no means pressured,” mentioned Abbott mentioned in a statement.
Abbott, a Republican, mentioned in his order that it was prompted by the Biden administration’s vaccine federal mandate, which the governor known as federal overreach.
President Joe Biden announced a mandate final month requiring corporations with 100 or extra workers to make sure that their workforces are vaccinated or recurrently examined. The Labor Division has but to launch particulars of the emergency rule, however Biden final week known as on corporations to behave now and to not anticipate the requirement to enter impact.
Abbott, who examined positive for Covid in August, has additionally resisted masks mandates and requiring proof of vaccination within the state. The state has continued to expertise an increase in instances and crowded hospitals, prompting the governor to spend money on monoclonal antibody infusion facilities.
Abbott issued govt orders over the summer season banning native governments and college districts from requiring both masks or vaccines, issuing a $1,000 high quality to those that didn’t comply. College districts in San Antonio and Dallas, nonetheless, haved challenged the order in court docket. The state legislature additionally passed a bill in June banning personal companies requiring vaccination proof from clients.
In Monday’s order, Abbott additionally despatched a memo to the chief clerk of the state Home of Representatives and the secretary of the state Senate requesting to codify the mandate in a invoice. The governor mentioned the order might be rescinded when the GOP-controlled legislature passes the invoice.