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20 Oct

October 2021: Texas Governor Bans Vaccine Mandate

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Update Applicable to:

All employers in Texas.

What happened?

On October 11, 2021, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order No. GA-40 placing restrictions on any entity (including private employers) from issuing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, subject to legislative action.

What are the details?

Effective immediately, no entity in Texas can compel COVID-19 vaccination by any individual, including an employee or consumer who objects to such vaccination for the following reasons:

  • Personal conscience
  • Religious belief
  • Medical reasons (including prior recovery from COVID-19)

Entities who fail to comply with this executive order may face the “maximum fine allowed” under Section 418.173 of the Texas Government Code, which is $1,000.

For more information, please see the links below:

Executive Order GA 40

Texas Government Code Section 418.173

Article 1

Article 2

What do employers need to do?

Employers should review the links above and make the required changes to their vaccination policies to comply with this law while it is in effect.