Governor Abbott issues executive order prohibiting vaccine mandates

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Gov. Greg Abbott at a virtual town hall March 19, 2020 (Nexstar Photo/Wes Rapaport)

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — In a press release sent out Monday night, Governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order for COVID-19 vaccines mandates.

Governor Abbott issued an executive order stating 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.

Governor Abbott also sent a message to the Chief Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate adding this issue as an item to the Third Special Session agenda. The executive order will be rescinded upon the passage of such legislation. 

“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” said Governor Abbott. 

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