President Joe Biden calls on companies of 100 or more people to require vaccines against COVID-19 or a weekly COVID-19 test.
“It’s not about freedom or personal choice, it’s about protecting yourself and those around you,” Biden said when he established a new COVID-19 plan.
While this comes from the federal level, vaccine mandates will be discussed in Texas in the third special session of the Texas legislature. Senator Bob Hall (R-Edgewood), of TX, has already introduced a bill that says vaccine status cannot affect someone’s employment.
“Our first job is to protect individual rights,” Hall said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has included some vaccine warrants on the special session agenda. According to the proclamation, the governor wants “Legislation on whether any Texas state or local government entity can require a person to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and, if so, what exemptions should apply to that mandate.”
Hall has introduced two bills in this regard. One bans vaccination mandates all together, and that would include schools. A second provides exceptions.
“If a local government orders a vaccine, it must also accept exemptions. Religious exemptions, medical exemptions and personal conscience, ”said Hall.
Some local lawmakers have expressed frustration at the loss of local control. Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitely believes vaccine warrant bans are another example.
“We still have to focus on local control and we have to stop this business, all that has to be decided by any party that is in power in Austin,” Whitely said.
This is just one of the five items on the agenda of the third special session. The biggest is expected to be redistricting.
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