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Texas governor expands ban on vaccine mandates

(Governor's Office)

In a new executive order issued on Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is prohibiting COVID-19 vaccine mandates by all entities in the state.

The order states that "no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination by any individual, including an employee or 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."

COVID-19 vaccine mandates were already barred in government agencies in the state earlier this year, which prevented the city of Austin from requiring employees to get the vaccine. The newest order means no employers are allowed to mandate the vaccine.

The governor also added the issue as an item to the Third Special Session agenda. The governor's office said the executive order will be rescinded upon the passage of such legislation.

Businesses and major corporations began requiring proof of vaccination to return to in-person office work when the vaccine became widely available in the summer. Google and Facebook were among those employers, with over 2,000 Austin employees collectively.


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