Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bans vaccine mandates by any entity

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued an executive order Monday prohibiting vaccine mandates by any "entity," including employers, if someone objects to the vaccine for "any reason of personal conscience."

Why it matters: The new executive order goes further than Abbott's previous vaccine mandate ban passed in August, which prohibited vaccine mandates by any state government entity.

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  • Abbott has also submitted the issue to the state legislature's special session agenda. The executive order will be rescinded once legislation codifying it has passed, according to a press release from the governor's office.

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