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Gov. Greg Abbott maintains ban on COVID-19 vaccination mandates

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FILE – In this Tuesday, June 8, 2021, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Months after issuing an executive order banning mandates on face masks for governmental entities, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a new order continuing current policy prohibiting the same entities from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations.

As part of the order:

  • No governmental entity can compel anyone to receive a COVID-19 vaccine
  • State agencies and local political divisions cannot adopt or enforce any order or policy requiring vaccinations
  • Any public or private entity that receives government funding cannot require customers or patrons to provide COVID-19 vaccination status or proof of vaccination. Entry cannot be denied on this basis.

The order maintains that vaccinations in Texas remain voluntary.

KXAN will update this story with more information.

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