15 October (NWN) — The Texas Supreme Court has blocked the San Antonio Independent School District’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate hours before it took effect on Friday.
The court, in its ruling Thursday, said it barred the school district from implementing its mandate to prohibit such measures in violation of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s late August executive order From Friday teachers and staff are required to be vaccinated against the pandemic.
In the ruling, the judges said they “express no views” on the merits of the law but allow the state’s request to stop it from taking effect as the trial continues.
“We have not yet had an opportunity to consider the merits of these challenges,” the court said. “Our role has been to issue orders to maintain the status quo.”
The district had argued that since it issued its mandate on August 16, nine days before Abbott issued its executive order, its mandate was the status quo.
However, the court rejected his argument, saying that the governor had in April asserted his authority to control vaccine mandates at the state level, with an executive order extending the COVID-19 vaccine mandate from the Food and Drug Administration. authorized for emergency use.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he was pleased the Supreme Court upheld Governor’s Rule.
“No local body is about state law,” he said in a statement. “This decision should serve as a reminder to all Texas school districts that they should be using their limited funding to educate children and equip teachers, not defending illegal vaccine mandates.”
The move comes days after Abbott last month issued a sweeping executive order prohibiting any entities such as private businesses from vaccinating in response to President Joe Biden, who have applied for federal employees and businesses with 100 employees or more. Vaccine mandate was ordered with the staff of