Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order on Monday that bars COVID-19 vaccine mandates—including ones from private employers or orgs.
The order states: 'No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination...'
'...for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.'
Abbott himself is fully vaccinated, and he called the vaccine 'safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus,' per CBS News, but added it 'should remain voluntary and never forced.'
Many large companies with a foothold in Texas, such as Facebook and American Airlines, have vaccine requirements in place for their employees.
The order is likely to be challenged in court, and in the time since the order was signed on Monday, legal experts have questioned whether the order's wide scope will hold up to legal scrutiny.
Regardless, it is the latest major escalation in the nationwide political battle between vaccinated and unvaccinated interests.

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