Gov. Abbott Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Vaccine Mandates, Adds Issue to Current Special Session Agenda


"The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced."
– Governor Greg Abbott

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order 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.

Governor Abbott also sent a message to the the Chief Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate adding this issue as an item to the Third Special Session agenda.

The Executive Order will be rescinded upon the passage of such legislation.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," said Governor Abbott. 

Read the Governor's Executive Order.

The Governor's message reads. 

To The Senate And House Of Representatives Of The Eighty-Seventh Texas Legislature, Third Called Session:
 
I, Greg Abbott, Governor of the State of Texas, by the authority vested in me by Article III, Section 40, and Article IV, Section 8, of the Texas Constitution, do hereby present the following additional subject to the 87th Texas Legislature, Third Called Session, for consideration: Legislation establishing that 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
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