Governor Greg Abbott of Texas previously banned vaccine mandates on employees by any government agency. In a new executive order issued on Tuesday, October 12th, he extended that ban’s implication on any entity, government or not.

This new decision implies no organization, business, or government can force vaccine mandates on anyone in Texas or show the vaccination certificate for any service. Any entity will not be able to deny products or services to customers or ask their employees to show receipts of vaccination either.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” said Gov. Abbot, during the legislative session. He urged other lawmakers to do the same.

His previous executive order about 6 months ago banned businesses from requiring vaccine passports, a condition of which was requiring your consumers or employees to wear masks, mandatorily. Gov. Abbott himself is vaccinated and has encouraged people in Texas to get vaccinated as well. But his executive order to ban receipts of the vaccine shots went completely against his statements in favor of getting vaccinated.

Covid numbers in Texas have decreased since vaccination first started getting streamlined, but the recent surge in cases has taken total deaths close to 67,000. This happened after the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19. Total deaths in the U.S. have crossed 714,000, and total cases are more than 44 million, out of the total 238 million cases worldwide. Vaccine mandates have helped get mass vaccinations to happen in many parts of the world.