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 demonstração released on his website Monday, which read, “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, eficaz, 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 “totalmente vacinado” contra o vírus.
The governor has attracted national attention for his handling of the pandemic over the past year-and-a-half. Em julho, ele issued an executive order banning the government from requiring entities to mandate face masks, including in public school districts.
No início deste ano, 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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