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Texas Bans Vaccine Passports

April 6, 2021 • 7:58 pm CDT
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order on April 6, 2021, prohibiting state agencies or political subdivisions in Texas from creating a "vaccine passport" requirement or otherwise conditioning receipt of services on an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status.

The new Order also prohibits organizations receiving public funds from requiring consumers to provide documentation of vaccine status in order to receive any service or enter any place. 

"Texans are returning to normal life as more people get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. But, as I've said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced," said Governor Abbott in a related press statement.

"Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information to go about their daily lives. That is why I have issued an Executive Order that prohibits government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas."

"We will continue to vaccinate more Texans and protect public health — and we will do so without treading on Texans' personal freedoms."

As of March 29, 2021, anyone age 16 and older became eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.

The new Texas Vaccine Scheduler helps Texans get scheduled for a COVID-19 vaccine at clinics hosted by participating Texas public health entities. Register online at GetTheVaccine.dshs.texas.gov

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