‘Don’t Tread Our Personal Freedoms’: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott becomes last to ban Biden’s vaccine passports as residents ‘shouldn’t need proof to live their daily lives’
- Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order on Tuesday banning the government from requiring any sort of ‘vaccine passport’
- “ Texans should not be required to show proof of vaccination and disclose personal health information just to live their daily lives, ” he tweeted
- He added: ‘Do not enter our personal freedoms’
- The executive order comes after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, also a Republican, took the same action last week to ban the passport proposal
Greg Abbott became the last Republican governor on Tuesday to denounce President Joe Biden’s proposed vaccine passports in issuing an executive order prohibiting the government from requiring Texans to show proof of vaccination.
“ Texans should not be required to show evidence of vaccination and disclose personal health information just to live their daily lives, ” Texas Republican Governor tweeted along with a video message. prohibits in Texas. ‘
He added, “Do not enter our personal freedoms.”
The executive order against coronavirus vaccine passports comes after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, also a Republican, took the same action last week.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an Executive Order on Tuesday prohibiting the government from requiring people to show evidence of coroan virus vaccination to “ live their daily lives. ”
“Don’t enter our personal freedoms,” he demanded in a tweet accompanying the video announcement
Abbott’s announcement came after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also took executive action to ban COVID-19 ‘vaccine passports’
“These vaccines are always voluntary and never forced,” Abbott said Tuesday morning in his video message on Twitter, encouraging Texans to get the shot.
“We will continue to vaccinate more Texans and protect public health,” he continued, “and we will do so without trespassing into Texans’ personal freedoms.”
Texas is the most populous red state – and Abbott says 13 million vaccine doses have been administered out of its 29 million residents.
On Sunday, the Texas Rangers’ opening game saw a packed stadium with fans as further evidence of a return to the norm in the Lone Star State.
Governor DeSantis signed an emergency injunction on Friday to ban so-called ‘vaccine passports’, claiming they would create ‘two classes of citizens’.
The injunction prevents state organizations and private companies from requiring their staff or customers to show a vaccine passport in order to work or obtain services there.
In a press conference last Monday, DeSantis said, “It is completely unacceptable for both the government and the private sector to require you to show proof of vaccination just to participate in normal society.”
“Requiring so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports to participate in everyday life – such as attending a sporting event, patronizing a restaurant, or going to a movie theater – would yield two classes,” he added.
The Texas Rangers’ opening game on Sunday was packed with non-socially aloof fans as the state opens at a faster pace than other states.
Fans who didn’t wear a mask cheered the Rangers on Sunday
While DeSantis and Abbott are the only governors to issue official orders to ban the passport idea, other Republicans have harshly condemned the proposal.
Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene called it “Biden’s mark of the beast” and demanded that GOP governor Brian Kemp banned it in Peach state. Others have called it ‘dystopian’ and is reminiscent of ‘Nazi Germany’.
The Biden administration said at least 17 different passport initiatives are being developed by public and private entities.
The World Health Organization is also working on the development of a ‘smart vaccination certificate’.
However, the White House said last week that it would not impose restrictions at the federal level on vaccine passports, such as keeping a nationwide database of those who have been vaccinated.