Austin, Texas – Government of Texas Greg Abbott An executive order was issued Monday barring any entity, including private businesses, from enforcing the COVID-19 vaccine order on workers, and called on state legislators to enact similar restrictions.
The move comes as the Biden administration prepares to issue rules requiring employers with more than 100 workers to be vaccinated or tested weekly for the corona virus. Several major airlines, including Texas-based American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, have said they will abide by the federal mandate.
“Any organization in Texas that objects to such vaccinations for an individual, including an employee or a user, who, on the basis of a religious belief, or on the basis of religious belief, for medical reasons, should be vaccinated. Can’t force recovery. Recovery from COVID-19, “Abbott wrote. of that Order.
Abbott, who was first vaccinated and later tested positive for Covid 19, noted. of that Order that “Vaccines are strongly encouraged for those who are eligible to receive the vaccine, but should always be volunteered for those in Texas.”
Abbott had previously banned vaccine mandates from state and local government agencies, but has so far allowed private companies to make their own rules for their workers. It was not immediately clear if Abbott’s latest executive order would face immediate judicial challenge.
Abbott’s new order also has political implications. The two-term Republican faces pressure from two candidates in next year’s GOP primary, with former San Diego Huffins and former Florida Congressman and Texas State Party chairman Alan West attacking Abbott’s Cowade 19 policies and Vaccine mandate is strongly opposed.
West announced this week that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been hospitalized, but also tweeted that he was opposed to the vaccine’s mandate.
Texas has seen a recent decline in new COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions. But the recent rise in deaths due to the Delta variant has led to an epidemic in 2020, with the state rapidly approaching 67,000 total deaths.