Texas goes on the offensive, bans vaccine mandate

10/12/2021

Texas governor bans mandated vaccines

Texas on Monday became the first state to go on the offensive in response to President Joe Biden's quest to see the majority of the U.S. labor force vaccinated.

Last month President Biden charged Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with developing and implementing a rule that would have employers with 100 or more workers to require COVID vaccines or regular testing. The move is expected to impact more than 80 million unvaccinated workers in private sector businesses with 100 employees or more.

Many states have promised to fight the requirement if it passes. Some states have passed rules against involuntary mask use or enforcing mandates on certain segments – like teachers and healthcare workers – or requiring vaccine passports, but Texas Governor Greg Abbott's initiative is more broad.

In his executive order, Abbott said that "no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination by any individual, including an employee or consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19."

Abbott also sent a message to the the Chief Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate adding this issue as an item to the Third Special Session agenda.

"The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced," Abbott said via statement.

Texas is the home to more truck drivers than any other state in the U.S., and is behind only California with regard to number of trucking companies.

 

Original article provided by:  https://www.ccjdigital.com/workforce/article/15279736/transition-trucking-military-vet-award-finalists-named



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