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GOP Gov. Abbott Bans Vaccine Mandates by 'Any Entity' in Texas

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is not having it with “any” COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the state.

The governor issued an executive order on Monday stating that “no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination by any individual, including an employee or consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.”

This ban includes private businesses — which President Joe Biden is expected to issue a federal rule for businesses with 100 or more employees to require workers to be fully vaccinated or submit a weekly test.

There is a fine for any “failure to comply with” the executive order.

Additionally, Abbott sent a message to the Chief Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate in the state to add the issue to to the Third Special Session agenda.

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Per the press release, “The executive order will be rescinded upon the passage of such legislation.”

“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” Abbott said in a statement.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 56.4% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths related to the virus have all declined recently across the country, per The New York Times. As the Times notes, 68% of adults in the U.S. are fully vaccinated, as of Oct. 8.

In the state of Texas, cases, hospitalizations and deaths have also continued to decline, as of Tuesday. Fifty-two percent of Texans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Times.

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