Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott, responding to what he called ‘bullying’ by the Biden Administration, has barred all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state by any entity, including private employers.
Abbott’s move sets him up for a clash with President Joe Biden, a Democrat who last month called on businesses nationwide to order their workers to be vaccinated or lose their jobs. At least several thousand people have since been fired for refusing to comply.
‘In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates,’ Abbot wrote in an executive order.
The Governor’s order, according to the document, also supersedes any municipal or county mandate that would allow entities to impose such mandates
He said that the mandates were ‘causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster.’
In the order, he encouraged residents to get the vaccine, but said that it ‘must always be voluntary for Texans.’
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Source: Daily Mail