He said that the US Constitution does not give the federal government the power to order vaccinations.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Tuesday that prohibits the state government and some private agencies from requiring COVID-19 “vaccine passports” to access its services.
According to Abbott’s order, state agencies and political departments, as well as public and private organizations that receive public funding in Texas, cannot require individuals to show evidence that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The decree also says that the order replaces any conflicting local statutes and encourages the Texas legislature to consider vaccination requirements.
In a statement announcing the law, Abbott said: “We will continue to vaccinate more Texans and protect public health, and we will do so without interfering with the personal freedom of Texas.”
Abbott said that the US Constitution does not give the federal government the power to issue vaccination certificates. The White House has ruled out the country’s “vaccination passport,” which will be developed by the private sector to establish a system by which people can prove that they have been vaccinated. The Biden administration is formulating guidelines regarding these passports, taking into account privacy, accuracy, and fairness.
Some countries are establishing national databases to enable vaccinated people to resume their normal activities. The White House said it would not endorse such a system in the United States.
In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis issued a similar executive order on Friday, prohibiting companies from requiring customers to prove that they have received vaccinations to receive services, and prohibiting any state agency from issuing such orders. Documents to provide proof of vaccination.