Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a ban on government-mandated vaccine passports Tuesday morning.
Abbott issued an executive order on Monday banning any regulation that would require Texans to show proof of vaccination before getting a product or service. The order extends to all businesses and entities receiving state funds, as well.
“Every day, Texans return to normalcy as more people get the COVID vaccine. In fact, this week, Texas will surpass 13 million doses administered,” Abbott said in a Tuesday video announcement. “Those shots help slow the spread of COVID, reduce hospitalizations, and reduce fatalities.”
“But, as I have said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced. Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives,” the governor continued. “That is why I issued an executive order that prohibits government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas. We will continue to vaccinate more Texans and protect public