Texas governor bans COVID-19 vaccine mandates

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Oct. 11 banning any entity in the state, including private employers, from enforcing COVID-19 vaccine mandates. 

The order states that "no entity in Texas" can enforce vaccination against anyone, including an employee or consumer, who objects "for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19."

The governor is also calling on the state legislature to pass a law with the same effect. The governor's office said the executive order would be rescinded once the legislation is passed. 

"The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced," the governor said in a news release.

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