Abbott Says No To Vaccine Passports In Texas
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that he had signed an Executive Order prohibiting government mandated vaccine passports in Texas. The move by Abbott comes after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis banned vaccine passports in both the public and private sector.
There has been a lot of speculation lately about vaccine passports in the United States with rising numbers of people becoming vaccinated. Some have wondered if they will have to show proof of a vaccination if they attend a big event or go to a sporting event.
Under Governor Greg Abbott's order, no government entity can require a person to get a shot or provide proof that they had been vaccinated. The order also applies to any public or private entity that is receiving public funds "in whole or in part" according to The Hill.
"Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives," he added. "That is why I have issued an executive order that prohibits government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas. We will continue to vaccinate more Texans and protect public health — and we will do so without treading on Texans' personal freedoms."
The order does not apply to nursing homes or state supported living centers including assisted living facilities and long-term care facilities.
In announcing the order, Governor Abbott took to Twitter with a video explaining the executive order.
You can read the entire executive order issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott here.
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