By\u00a0Joshua Fechter\u00a0and\u00a0Neelam Bohra\r\nTexas Gov.\u00a0Greg Abbott\u00a0blasted President Joe Biden on Thursday after Biden\u00a0ordered large employers to require their workers to get vaccinated\u00a0against COVID-19 \u2014 or get tested frequently to prove they don\u2019t have the virus.\r\nAbbott \u2014 who has resisted making vaccinations mandatory in any form in Texas, going as far as to bar local governments and school districts from enacting their own vaccine mandates \u2014 dubbed Biden\u2019s move to compel businesses with more than 100 employees to make their workforce either get the shot or submit a negative COVID-19 test result each week a \u201cpower grab.\u201d The sweeping order would cover an estimated 80 million American workers.\r\n\u201cThe federal government needs to stop trying to run private businesses,\u201d Abbott spokesperson Renae Eze said in a statement. \u201cTexans and Americans alike have learned and mastered the safe practices to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID, and do not need the government to tell them how to do so.\u201d\r\nAbbott has encouraged Texans to get vaccinated but insists that they shouldn\u2019t be forced to do so. At the governor\u2019s request, state lawmakers will consider legislation to bar local governments from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for their residents when they convene later this month for a third special session.\r\n\u201cBiden\u2019s vaccine mandate is an assault on private businesses,\u201d Abbott tweeted on Thursday evening. \u201cTexas is already working to halt this power grab.\u201d\r\nPercent fully vaccinated by county\r\nThe percentage of residents fully vaccinated by county shows which areas have higher rates of immunization compared to the statewide rate.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n.\r\nIn the meantime, the governor\u2019s office and Attorney General\u00a0Ken Paxton\u00a0already are hammering out a course of legal action against the Biden administration, Eze said.\r\n\u00a0\r\nThere\u2019s legal precedent in Biden\u2019s favor that establishes the federal government\u2019s authority to mandate vaccinations, said Larry Stuart, a Houston employment lawyer \u2014 pointing to a\u00a01905 Supreme Court case\u00a0in which the justices ruled that states could enforce mandatory vaccinations against smallpox.\r\n\u201cI think that the reality is that this is going to become much more normalized and widespread,\u201d Stuart said. \u201cPeople who have been opposing it for political reasons or based on information that may or may not be scientifically based are going to find themselves with some hard choices about either getting vaccinated or being unemployed.\u201d\r\nDespite this, Glenn Hamer, the CEO of the Texas Association of Business, said he felt the policy set a "frightening precedent" that could justify any kind of regulation on businesses.\r\n"While certain special interests have a direct line to the White House, our nation's employers have been left out," Hamer said but did not specify the special interests to which he was referring.\r\nBob Harvey, CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, applauded Biden's decision to mandate vaccines, but also said the "details matter" so the government doesn't place "an undue burden on businesses." Harvey emphasized the importance of allowing employees to be frequently tested instead of being inoculated.\r\nLess than half of Texans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Nationwide, that percentage stands at about 53% \u2014 a figure that has frustrated the Biden administration in light of the widespread availability of free vaccine doses.\r\n\u201cWe\u2019ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin,\u201d Biden said during remarks at the White House. \u201cAnd your refusal has cost all of us.\u201d\r\nThis story originally published by the Texas Tribune.