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Texas governor bans vaccine mandates in state

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at McAllen City Hall on Sept 22. Photo by Joel Marinez/The Monitor via AP

Texas governor bans vaccine mandates in state

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday that bars all entities, including private businesses, from requiring COVID-19 shots among their workers. Abbott noted in his order that the vaccines are strongly encouraged but must remain voluntary for Texans. He had previously blocked state and local government agencies from issuing mandates but allowed private companies to set their own regulations.

Why the extended order? The Biden administration is expected to announce new measures requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to enforce vaccinations or weekly coronavirus tests. Several Texas-based companies have committed to following the federal mandate. The state currently sees about 7,200 new coronavirus cases each day, down from a recent peak of more than 20,000 per day in mid-September. Montana passed similar legislation barring employers from requiring the shots, while other states blocked schools from enforcing vaccines. 

Dig deeper: Read Steve West’s report in Liberties about a Florida ruling on vaccine mandates.

Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.



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Wait! Conservatives are the folks who want to restrict the power and scope of government snooping around and telling you or me how to run our business or our church. This heavy handed intrusion into private business operations will set a bad precedent. As a nurse I'm all in favor of vaccines. But bullying folks into getting vaxxed? Do we have to go that far?

Tim Miller

It appears that Biden is not the only political figure who has an authoritarian impulse these days. I will plan to not vote for Abbott should he seek office beyond Texas.

KDON9307Tim Miller

Finally someone willing to take a stand against dictatorship!

NanamiroTim Miller

Protecting citizens from authoritarian control by their employers or schools is a good thing. Politicians should put their constituents before corporations and institutions.
I'd vote for anyone who protects the little guys over allowing the powerful to bully the little guys.