Texas Bans Government-Mandated 'Vaccine Passports'
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- Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order Tuesday to ban government-mandated 'vaccine passports' in Texas, following a similar decision in Florida
- The Republican governor said vaccination efforts have increased in the state and more than 13 million doses have been administerd so far, however vaccination efforts should be done "without treading on Texan's personal freedoms'
- “But, as I have said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced," Abbott said. "Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives.”
- The executive order states that no government agency will mandate an individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or enforce any policy that requires a person to show proof of vaccination
- This move comes days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave a similar order, prohibiting government agencies from issuing "vaccine passports ... or other standardized documentation for the purpose of certifying an individual's COVID-19 vaccination status to a third party."