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Texas governor bans Covid-19 vaccine mandates by any employer in state

<i>Julio Cortez/AP/FILE</i><br/>Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday issued an executive order banning all state entities
Julio Cortez/AP/FILE
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday issued an executive order banning all state entities

By Paul LeBlanc, CNN

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday issued an executive order banning all state entities, including private employers, from enforcing vaccine mandates, the latest escalation in the Republican’s resistance to public health measures during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The order states that “no entity in Texas” can enforce vaccination against anyone in the state who objects “for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19,” according to a news release from the governor’s office.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” Abbott said in a statement.

Abbott also called on the Texas state Legislature to pass a law with the same effect. The executive order would be rescinded upon the passage of such legislation, the governor’s office said.

The executive order is just the latest action from Abbott meant to hamper the adoption of public health measures that experts say are necessary to curb the pandemic. The Texas governor, who contracted Covid-19 in August, has previously banned government vaccine mandates, vaccine passport requirements and school districts from requiring masks.

“Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities. Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100%,” Abbott said in March when he lifted the state’s mask mandate.

His policies have drawn the ire of President Joe Biden, who has elevated vaccine mandates as an important tool to contain the pandemic and prevent future outbreaks.

“We’re facing a lot of pushback, especially from some of the Republican governors. The governors of Florida and Texas are doing everything they can to undermine the life-saving requirements that I’ve proposed,” Biden said in a speech last month specifically calling out Abbott and Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida.

“This is the worst kind of politics because it’s putting the lives of citizens of their states, especially children, at risk. And I refuse to give in to it,” the President said at the time.

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    1. Yep Texas, only 1,000 deaths behind California with 10 million fewer population. If Texas had done as well as Oregon they would have had 40,000 fewer deaths. But you know freedumb.

      1. Texas currently has only 770,000 active cases- California over 2 million ! Texas is able to keep medical professionals employed- schools open so teachers can teach proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles- preventive surgeries can still be an option in Texas… what they need to do- is finish that wall !

  1. What evidence does Biden have that vaccines reduce the new case load ? According to the OHA dashboard for vaccines- Oregon’s peak vaccination rates were in the spring of 2021- followed immediately by record setting new cases in the summer. Looking at the vaccination rates in the summer-no major spikes to speak of- yet now in October we see a slow and steady decline- so what is fueling this bell curve slide… it ain’t the vaccines !

      1. You are once again confusing “number of cases” with “severity”. My question again… “What evidence does Biden have that vaccines reduce the new case load?”… As for severity… All due to the fact that the largest number of unvaccinated are those over 70 years of age… many who cannot withstand the probable adverse reactions associated with the vaccines.

      1. The vaccine doesn’t stop you from getting the virus, it does prevent death and other serious symptoms in a high percentage of the population.

        I’d pick being mildly sick (vaccinated) over being on a ventilator for 3 weeks, and potentially facing death (not vaccinated).

        Immunity sounds good~but there are lingering effects (scarred lung tissue is just one). Long term health challenges would be a pass for me.

          1. Headline reads “likely”… not “definitely”… and it says nothing about the key component B12- which is what WH medical professionals prescribed for President Trump during his 72 hour bout with the mild virus from Wuhan China. The combination of the three is a safe-all natural- effective alternative to an untested single FDA approved vaccine (Pfizer) that (in combination with Moderna and JJ) have almost two million reported adverse reactions and as many as 50,000 deaths related to them- according to Medicare data just released to the public. Let me know if you need a link to that factual data.

    1. I got my vaccine as did my parents and children, and you know what I now have more freedom. I can go to college sports games and concerts. So are you for freedom and liberty for all? Or just for those who don’t care if their actions cause others to get sick and die?

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