New order from Gov. Greg Abbott bans government-mandated 'vaccine passports' in Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order April 5 banning governments from issuing "vaccine passport" mandates that would require residents to show proof of vaccination in order to enter a public place or receive services. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order April 5 banning governments from issuing "vaccine passport" mandates that would require residents to show proof of vaccination in order to enter a public place or receive services. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order April 5 banning governments from issuing "vaccine passport" mandates that would require residents to show proof of vaccination in order to enter a public place or receive services. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

State agencies, cities, counties and other government entities in Texas will not be able to institute rules that require state residents to show documentation proving they have been vaccinated in order to receive services or enter a public place. Gov. Greg Abbott issued the executive order banning governments from mandating such "vaccine passports" on April 5.

"As I have said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced. Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives," Abbott said in a video recording announcing the orders.


The new orders also prohibit any organization receiving public funds from requiring consumers to provide proof of vaccination to enter a place or receive service. The orders do not apply to nursing homes, state-supported living centers, assisted-living facilities or long-term care facilities.

As of April 6, more than 4.6 million Texans are fully vaccinated, including 20.8% of the state's population over age 16, and 36.5% of Texans over age 16 have received at least one vaccine dose.

Vaccine manufacturer Pfizer announced results of a trial March 31 that showed its vaccine had 100% efficacy in children ages 12-15. The drug company plans to amend the emergency use authorization it was issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in order to expand distribution of the vaccine to younger individuals.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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