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Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Wednesday banning government entities from enforcing COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state regardless of a vaccine’s approval status with the FDA.

“Vaccine requirements and exemptions have historically been determined by the legislature, and their involvement is particularly important to avoid a patchwork of vaccine mandates across Texas,” Abbott said.

Abbott is also adding the issue to the current Special Session agenda.

The order comes after the governor had previously banned public schools and local governments from enacting their own vaccine mandates, though the earlier order specified that the ban on vaccine requirements applies to COVID-19 vaccines that are under emergency authorization. 

In the wake of the FDA’s decision to grant full approval of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday, Abbott has issued a second order banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates regardless of a vaccine’s approval status with the FDA.

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The new order says “no governmental entity can compel any individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.” It keeps in place

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