On Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbot issued an executive order banning the creation and implementation of a “vaccine passport.” It prevents state agencies and other entities from creating a “vaccine passport” or conditioning services on an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status.
“Everyday, Texans are returning to normal life as more people get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. But, as I’ve said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced,” Governor Abbott said in a video announcing the order. “Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives.”
“That is why I have issued an Executive Order that prohibits government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas,” the Texas governor continued. “We will continue to vaccinate more Texans and protect public health — and we will do so without treading on Texans’ personal freedoms.”
Abbott conveyed the importance of vaccines in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Abbot added that Texas is on pace to have more than 13 million vaccine doses administered by the end of this week.
“We will continue to vaccinate more Texans and protect public health,” Abbott concluded, “and we will do so without treading on Texans’ personal freedoms.”
In addition to state agencies and local governments, the executive order also applies to any public or private entity that is receiving or plans to receive public funds through requiring vaccination status.
Nursing homes, state-supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities are allowed to continue requiring documentation of vaccination status.