Under the order, Texas now prohibits governmental entities — including private businesses — from requiring individuals, employees or consumers to receive a coronavirus vaccine.
Abbott wrote that his order is a direct response to Presidente Joe Biden'S executive order issued last month, which requires all companies with workforces of over 100 to ensure that their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19, or undergo weekly testing if they do not receive the vaccine.
“In yet another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’s continued recovery from the COVID- 19 disaster,” Abbott wrote in his executive order.
The republican lawmaker noted that “COVID-19 vaccines are strongly encouraged for those eligible to receive one, but must always be voluntary for Texans.”
He echoed a similar sentiment in a dichiarazione released on his website Monday, che legge, “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, efficace, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”
Abbott recently tested positive for COVID-19, announcing his results in late August. A spokesperson for the governor said at the time that Abbott had experienced a breakthrough infection after being “avevano fatto del loro meglio per proteggersi dal virus durante la gravidanza” contro il virus.
The governor has attracted national attention for his handling of the pandemic over the past year-and-a-half. Nel mese di luglio, lui issued an executive order banning the government from requiring entities to mandate face masks, including in public school districts.
All'inizio di quest'anno, he announced the full re-opening of his state in early March, when most Americans had not received the COVID-19 vaccine and Texas was seeing high numbers of deaths and hospitalizations caused by the virus.
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