Governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order restricting any entity in Texas from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for any individual.
The order issued on Monday includes employees or consumers who object to being vaccinated “for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.”
Abbott said the order will supersede any conflicting order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19.
Abbott also said he would add the issue to the agenda for legislators, who are nearing the conclusion of their third special session, which ends October 19th.
In a tweet announcing the order, Abbott said the vaccine is “safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should always remain voluntary and never forced.”