Texas Gov. Abbott Bans All Texas Businesses From Mandating Vaccinations

Headline Roundup October 12th, 2021

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday issued an executive order banning any business or person in Texas from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for employees or customers.  “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” Abbott said in a statement. Abbott also urged the state legislature to pass a similar law replacing the executive order; the order states that “No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.”

Coverage was prominent across the spectrum. Coverage from left-rated outlets sometimes highlighted Abbott's previous opposition to banning vaccine mandates, and framed him as being under pressure from other Republicans to be tougher against the Biden administration's purportedly overbearing COVID-19 guidelines. Reports from right-rated sources were often more brief and focused only on the order's details.

From the Right
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 11 issued an executive order that bans vaccine mandates by any entity in the state, including private employers.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” Abbott said in a statement upon issuing the order.

The executive order (pdf) states, “No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on...

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From the Center
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Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday banning vaccine mandates by any company or person in the state of Texas.

The order states that "no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination by any individual, including an employee or consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19."

Abbott sent a message to the Chief Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate, adding the item to the Third Special...

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From the Left
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday issued another executive order cracking down on COVID-19 vaccine mandates — this time banning any entity in Texas, including private businesses, from requiring vaccinations for employees or customers.

Abbott also called on the Legislature to pass a law with the same effect, promising to rescind the executive order once that happened. The Legislature is in this year's third special legislative session, which ends Oct. 19.

"The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, & our best defense against the virus, but should always remain voluntary & never forced," he said in a tweet announcing...

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