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Governor Abbott Signs Executive Order Expanding Vaccine Mandate Ban to Any Private ‘Entity'

Added 10-11-21 08:04:04pm EST - “Monday's decision represents an escalation in the national fight over COVID mandates that has divided even the Republican Party.” - Nationalreview.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “Governor Abbott Signs Executive Order Expanding Vaccine Mandate Ban to Any Private ‘Entity’ | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

After previously issuing an executive order prohibiting state agencies from requiring employees to get vaccinated, Texas Republican governor Greg Abbott has expanded the ban to include any “entity, ” including private companies.

Citing President Biden’s recent edict mandating vaccines for businesses with 100 or more workers nationwide, calling it “yet another instance of federal overreach,” Abbott signed a subsequent executive order Monday that defies and effectively reverses the directive within Texas. As health-care staff, law-enforcement officers, and other essential workers have resigned en masse in protest against vaccine mandates, Abbott is appealing to his emergency authority to stop “workplace disruptions” that “threaten Texas’s continued recovery from the COVID- 19 disaster.”

“No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a 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. I hereby suspend all relevant statutes to the extent necessary to enforce this prohibition,” the order read.

Any private business that fails to comply with the order is subject to penalty, including potentially the maximum fine stipulated under Section 4 1 8. 173 of the Texas Government Code, although jail time is expressly does not apply.

Abbott has added the issue to the agenda of the state legislature’s special session. If the executive order is codified into law, the governor will revoke the executive order, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

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