Austin, Texas – Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order Monday restricting the ability to require coronavirus shots and so-called vaccination passports.
Under the order, no government entity can require that a person receive an injection of COVID-19. State agencies are also prohibited from requiring individuals to provide proof of a vaccination as a condition of receiving a service or entering a facility. The order also applies to any public or private entity that is receiving public funds “in whole or in part.”
The proof of vaccination order does not apply to nursing homes, state-supported living facilities, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities. Those places may still require a resident to provide proof of their vaccination status.
In a tweet, Abbott said the order is intended to protect a person’s private medical information and personal freedoms.
“The government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private medical information just to go about their daily life,” Abbott said. “This is why I issued an Executive Order prohibiting government-required vaccine passports in Texas. We will continue to vaccinate more Texans and protect public health, and we will do so without trampling on the personal freedoms of Texans. “
Texans should not be required to show proof of vaccination and reveal private medical information just to get on with their daily lives.
I issued an Executive Order prohibiting government-required vaccine passports in Texas.
Don’t step on our personal freedoms. pic.twitter.com/weTbz4FKyH
– Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 6, 2021
You can read Abbott’s executive order here.
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