Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed an executive order on Monday that bans coronavirus vaccine mandates from being implemented by any "entity in Texas," the latest move in the state's crusade against the requirements amid the ongoing pandemic.
Abbott's order says that groups and businesses in Texas are not permitted to require proof of vaccination from individuals who object to the shots for "any reason of personal conscience."
It comes in response to President Biden's mandate announced last month that all businesses with 100 or more employees require their workforces get vaccinated or regularly tested.
"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," the executive order reads.
It further states that violators of the order should be subject to the maximum fine permitted under a section of the Texas Government Code.
Abbott also sent a message to the chief clerk of the state House and the secretary of the Senate to add the ban on vaccine mandates to the agenda of a third special legislative session.
He said the executive order will be revoked once a similar bill is passed.