Sierra Martin | Managing Editor
On Tuesday, April 6 Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that he issued an executive order banning state agencies from creating a “vaccine passport” requirement or requesting an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status.
“An individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status is private health information, and no government entity should compel disclosure of this information by mandating a so-called, “vaccine passport” for COVID-19…” Abbott stated in the executive order.
The order also prohibits any public or private entity that receives public funds, including grants, loans or other disbursements of taxpayer money from requiring consumers to provide documentation of vaccine status in order to receive any service.
“Every day, 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 Abbott. “Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just 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.”
Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made a similar decision by banning “vaccine passports” saying they infringe on personal freedom and decision-making.
Texans shouldn't be required to show proof of vaccination & reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives.
I issued an Executive Order that prohibits government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas.
Don't tread on our personal freedoms. pic.twitter.com/weTbz4FKyH
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 6, 2021