In the fight against the corona pandemic, US President Joe Biden had specified mandatory vaccination for certain areas. The Texas governor is now withdrawing this initiative for his state.
The dispute between the US government and the governor of Texas continues: On Monday, the Texas Prime Minister Greg Abbott declared all corona vaccination obligations in his state to be invalid. “I have passed an executive order banning compulsory vaccinations by any facility in Texas,” the governor wrote on Twitter. Last month, US President Joe Biden made vaccination compulsory for employees of federal agencies and numerous private companies
Many leading Republicans had described compulsory vaccination as an attack on citizens’ personal freedoms. Abbott’s government has now declared that “no facility in Texas” should require a corona vaccination from employees or customers if they refuse to vaccinate on “personal conscience, religious belief or medical reasons”.
Abbott himself is fully vaccinated. “The Covid-19 vaccine is safe, effective and our best defense against the virus, but it should always be voluntary and never enforced,” he said on Monday.
At the beginning of September, in view of the sharp increase in the number of infections, Biden announced a corona vaccination obligation for federal employees and employees of government contractors. In addition, companies with more than 100 employees should have to ensure that their employees are vaccinated or tested once a week. According to Biden, the measures affect around one hundred million people.
The Republicans of ex-President Donald Trump had immediately announced an appeal against the vaccination requirements. Abbott is in open conflict with Biden not only on Corona policy. The two are arguing in court about a ban on abortion in Texas. In addition, Abbott had tightened the electoral law in his state against opposition from the Democrats.