“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,” the order read.
According to the order, the administration of President Joe Biden was “bullying” several private entities into enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandates, which the order described as “yet another instance of federal overreach.”
“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” Abbott said.
Those who violate the order will face a fine, according to the order.
Abbott also sent a message to the Chief Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate to add the issue of banning vaccine mandates to the Third Special Session agenda.
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