Status: 10/12/2021 9:00 a.m.
The tug-of-war between the US government and the governor of Texas is entering a new round. Governor Abbott voided all corona vaccination obligations in his state.
The Texas Prime Minister Gregg Abbott has declared all corona vaccination obligations in his state to be invalid. So the argument between the US government and the governor of Texas continues. “I have an executive order banning mandatory vaccination by any facility in Texas,” Abbott wrote on Twitter.
Last month, US President Joe Biden made vaccination compulsory for all federal agency employees and employees of government contractors. In addition, companies with more than 100 employees will need to ensure that their employees are vaccinated or tested once a week.
According to Biden, the tightened measures affect around 100 million people. The only exceptions to the compulsory vaccination should be for religious and medical reasons, said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
Republicans: Attack on Personal Freedoms
Many leading Republicans had described compulsory vaccination as an attack on citizens’ personal freedoms. Abbott’s government has now declared that “no facility in Texas” should require a corona vaccination from employees or customers if they refuse to vaccinate on “personal conscience, religious belief or medical reasons”. He called on state lawmakers to take up the issue in an upcoming special session.
Abbott himself is fully vaccinated. “The Covid-19 vaccine is safe, effective and our best defense against the virus, but it should always be voluntary and never enforced,” he said.
US airline threatens layoffs
The largest US airline American Airlines, based in Fort Worth, Texas, announced last week to its 100,000 US-based employees that they would have to provide proof of a full vaccination – or be fired – by November 24th at the latest.
United Airlines had mandated vaccinations for its 60,000 employees, around 9,000 of whom work in Texas. A federal judge will hear a request from United employees for an injunction on Wednesday. They want to prevent the airline from dismissing employees who have applied for exemptions from the vaccine mandate. Facebook and Google had also told their employees that they needed proof of vaccination to return to their offices.