Greg Abbott prohibits vaccination requirements and vaccine passports with executive order

Greg Abbott prohibits vaccination requirements and vaccine passports with executive order


Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday prohibiting Texas’s state and local governments from requiring residents to get a coronavirus vaccine or to carry “vaccine passports.”

The executive action bars Texas state government entities from forcing individuals to get the coronavirus vaccine, and government agencies cannot order an individual to provide “as a condition of receiving any service or entering any place documentation regarding the individual’s vaccination status,” the order stated.

“Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives,” Abbott said in a video statement on Tuesday.

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VACCINE PASSPORTS RAISE PRIVACY AND DISCRIMINATION CONCERNS

Vaccine passports have been floated and employed as a way to bring back a fully operational economy safely. New York rolled out its own vaccine passport system, a digital app called Excelsior Pass, that can offer proof of a coronavirus vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test.

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