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Texas governor bans vaccine mandates by private businesses

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks before signing Senate Bill 1, also known as the Election Integrity Bill, into law in Tyler, Texas, Tuesday, September 7, 2021.


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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday prohibiting any entity, including private businesses, from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on workers and asking state lawmakers to do the same in law. called upon to pass the ban.

The move comes as the Biden administration is set to issue rules requiring employers with more than 100 workers to be vaccinated or tested weekly for the coronavirus. Several major companies, including Texas-based American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, have said they will comply with the federal mandate.

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“No entity in Texas may compel any person, including an employee or consumer, to receive a COVID-19 vaccine for any reason in personal discretion, on the basis of religious belief, or for medical reasons. opposes vaccination, including prior recovery from COVID-19,” Abbott wrote in his order.

Abbott, who was previously vaccinated and later tested positive for COVID-19, noted in his order that “the vaccine is strongly encouraged for those eligible to receive, but for Texans should always be voluntary.”

Texas has recently seen a decrease in reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. But the recent surge in deaths due to the delta variant has led the state to rapidly approach 67,000 total fatalities since the pandemic began in 2020.

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