Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas on Monday issued a broad government order that bars just about any vaccine mandate within the state.

Mr. Abbott, a Republican, has been among the many most vocal political leaders in the USA opposing vaccine mandates. His newest government order consists of non-public employers, which had been exempt from earlier edicts towards the mandates.

“No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a Covid-19 vaccine by any particular person, together with an worker or a client, who objects to such vaccination for any cause of private conscience, primarily based on a non secular perception, or for medical causes, together with prior restoration from Covid-19,” the order said.

The order acknowledged that “vaccines are strongly inspired for these eligible to obtain one, however should at all times be voluntary for Texans.”

The order ratchets up an already polarizing debate over vaccine mandates in the USA. On one facet is President Biden, who has required shots for well being care professionals, federal contractors and the overwhelming majority of U.S. authorities staff. Biden can also be calling for extra corporations to mandate vaccines as a good portion of the American inhabitants stays unvaccinated. As of Friday, 66 % of these eligible (ages 12 and up) in the USA have been totally vaccinated, based on a New York Times database.

The Republican governors of Texas, Florida and different states are fiercely against measures that require vaccines and masks, saying they infringe on private liberties. Their bans on mandates have been making their manner by means of the courts for months.

A Texas hospital, Houston Methodist, grew to become one of many first giant well being care services within the nation to implement a vaccine mandate in June, when over 150 workers members have been fired or resigned.

Fb and Google, which keep vital campuses in Texas, had mentioned earlier than Monday’s order that they’d require proof of vaccination for workers to return to their workplaces.

American Airlines, primarily based in Fort Value, introduced on Friday that over 100,000 U.S.-based staff should get vaccinated.

J. David Goodman contributed reporting.