Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday issued an executive order barring any entity, including private businesses, from enforcing the COVID-19 vaccine order on workers, and called on state legislators to impose similar restrictions. Enter the law.
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 in his order.
Abbott, who was first vaccinated and later tested positive for Covid 19, noted in his order that “the vaccine is strongly encouraged for those who are eligible for a taxi, but Always be a volunteer for Texans. ”
Texas has seen a recent decline in newly reported 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.
Adding the issue to the legislature’s resolution agenda during a special session issued by the governor, Abbott called for redrawing of voting maps and new restrictions on transgender student athletes. Montana has passed a law barring employers from vaccinating workers, and several states have made it clear that schools do not need to be vaccinated.
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.
“He knows how the wind is blowing. He knows that conservative Republican voters are tired of the vaccine mandate and tired of being a failed leader.
The West recently tested positive for COVID-19. He was briefly hospitalized, but also tweeted that he was against the vaccine mandate. West announced on his social media accounts on Monday that he was back home.