Greg Abbott on Tuesday became the second Republican governor to snub President Joe Biden’s proposed vaccine passports with an executive order prohibiting the government from requiring Texans show proof of inoculation.
‘Texans shouldn’t be required to show proof of vaccination & reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives,’ the Texas Republican governor tweeted along with a video message.
‘I issued an Executive Order that prohibits government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas,’ he added: ‘Don’t tread on our personal freedoms.’
‘These vaccines are always voluntary and never forced,’ Abbott said in his video message on Twitter Tuesday morning, adding encouragement for Texans to get the jab.
‘We will continue to vaccinate more Texans and protect public health,’ he continued, ‘and we will do so without treading on Texans’ personal freedoms.’
The executive order against coronavirus vaccine passports comes after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, also a Republican, took the same action last week.
Mississippi’s GOP Governor Tate Reeves has also said he doesn’t support vaccine passports and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has called them Biden’s ‘mark of the beast’.
Texas is the most populous red state – and Abbott says 13 million vaccine doses have been administered of its 29 million citizens.
On Sunday, the Texas Rangers’ home opening game saw a packed stadium of fans as further proof of a return to normalcy in the Lone Star State.
Governor DeSantis signed an emergency order Friday banning so-called ‘vaccine passports’, claiming they would create ‘two classes of citizens’.
The order prevents any state-run organization and private business from demanding that their staff or customers show a vaccine passport to work there or gain services.
In a press conference last Monday DeSantis said: ‘It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.’
‘Requiring so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports for taking part in everyday life — such as attending a sporting event, patronizing a restaurant, or going to a movie theater — would create two classes,’ he added.
While DeSantis and Abbott are the only governors who have issued official orders banning the passport idea, other Republicans have harshly condemned the proposal.
Mississippi’s Republican Governor Tate Reeves said Sunday that he opposes the potential of vaccine passports in his state, claiming they are an unnecessary measure.
‘I don’t support vaccine passports,’ he told CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ host Jake Tapper. ‘I don’t think it’s necessary and I don’t think it’s a good thing to do in America.’
He added: ‘At some point we have to let Americans make the decision that they think is best for them and their family.’
Reeves didn’t give much reasoning, but did tout the vaccination rate among seniors in his state.
Mississippi is one of the state’s Biden claimed is using ‘neanderthal thinking’ by ending mask mandates earlier this year.South Dakota Governor Kristi Nomen called vaccine passport ideas as ‘un-American.’
Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene called it ‘Biden’s mark of the beast,’ and demanded GOP Governor Brian Kemp ban it in the Peach State. Others have called it ‘dystopian’ and reminiscent of ‘Nazi Germany.’
The Biden administration said there are at least 17 different passport initiatives being developed by public and private entities.
The World Health Organization is also working to develop a ‘smart vaccination certificate.’
The White House, however, said last week it would not impose any restrictions at the federal level related to vaccine passports, like keeping a nationwide database of those inoculated.
Author : Katelyn Caralle
Source : Daily Mail : Don’t tread on our personal freedoms’: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott becomes second to ban Biden’s vaccine passports because residents ‘shouldn’t need proof to go about their daily lives’