As Texans continue to get vaccinated, Gov. Greg Abbott has signed an executive order banning government-mandated vaccine passports in the state.
The executive order says that any state agencies or entities that receive public funds cannot require a person to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or deny a person entry or services if they are not vaccinated or do not provide proof.
“Those shots help slow the spread of COVID-19, reduce hospitalizations and reduce fatalities,” Abbott said in a video statement. “But, as I have said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced. Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives.”
Texans shouldn't be required to show proof of vaccination & reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives.
I issued an Executive Order that prohibits government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas.
Don't tread on our personal freedoms. pic.twitter.com/weTbz4FKyH
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 6, 2021
Abbott has historically emphasized that the COVID-19 vaccines are “always voluntary” when updating the public on Texas’ vaccination status.