Governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order prohibiting state agencies or political subdivisions in Texas from creating a “vaccine passport” requirement.
Executive Order GA-35 restricts governmental entities from requiring residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19. It also prohibits organizations that are receiving public funds from requiring consumers to provide documentation of vaccine status in order to receive any service or enter any place.
The order does not limit the ability of nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities or long-term care facilities to require documentation of a resident’s vaccination status.
Abbott said the government “should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives.” He said the state will continue to vaccinate residents and protect public health, but will do so “without treading on Texans’ personal freedoms.”