Texas Governor Greg Abbott is issuing a new executive order on COVID-19 vaccine mandates and passports. Abbott says no governmental entity can force people to get the inoculation because he believes in personal responsibility. The new order also bans state agencies and governmental entities from requiring proof of vaccination for those wanting to enter a building. Public and private entities receiving public funds are also prohibited from requiring proof of vaccine.
The governor noted there are no coronavirus-related operating limits for any businesses, but does want people to wear masks. Nursing homes, state-supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities are exempt from the rules.
“Today’s executive order will provide clarity and uniformity in the Lone Star State’s continued fight against COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “The new Executive Order emphasizes that the path forward relies on personal responsibility rather than government mandates. Texans have mastered the safe practices that help to prevent and avoid the spread of COVID-19. They have the individual right and responsibility to decide for themselves and their children whether they will wear masks, open their businesses, and engage in leisure activities. Vaccines, which remain in abundant supply, are the most effective defense against the virus, and they will always remain voluntary – never forced – in the State of Texas.”