Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order barring cities from enforcing mask and vaccine mandates.
The order reads, “No governmental entity can compel any individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine administered under an emergency use authorization.” Furthermore, “No governmental entity, including a county, city, school district, and public health authority, and no governmental official may require any person to wear a face covering or to mandate that another person wear a face covering.”
In a Tweet, the Governor wrote, “The time for government mask mandates is over—now is the time for personal responsibility.” The governor’s executive order follows a statement by the Department of Justice, suggesting vaccine mandates are constitutional under current law, even if the product is not fully approved by the FDA.
In the last few months, Abbott has taken a pro-medical freedom stance regarding COVID-19 policies. In March, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) filed a lawsuit against the city of Austin for maintaining the local order requiring the use of face masks following Abbott’s elimination of the state-wide mask mandate. By April, the governor issued an executive order prohibiting vaccine passports.
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