Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday issued an executive order prohibiting all entities in Texas — including private businesses — from imposing COVID-19 vaccination mandates for employees and customers.
He tweeted that the coronavirus vaccine is "safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should always remain voluntary and never forced." He accused the Biden administration of "bullying" private companies into having vaccine mandates, saying such rules could cause "workforce disruptions that threaten Texas' continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster."
In an earlier executive order, Abbott banned COVID-19 vaccine requirements by government agencies, school districts, cities, and counties. Texas public schools do have vaccination requirements in place for K-12 students, including tetanus, polio, chickenpox, meningitis, hepatitis A, measles, and mumps and rubella. About 52 percent of Texans are vaccinated against COVID-19, including Abbott, who went on television to receive his shot.