TX Guv Bans School Vax Mandates: Parents Have ‘Freedom To Choose’

A Jackson, Miss., resident receives a Moderna COVID-19 booster shot from a Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center nurse, at a vaccination station next to Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. More than 1,419,000 people have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Mississippi, and according to the Mississippi State Department of Health, most COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are now among unvaccinated Mississippians. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

At a glance

  • “Regardless of what the CDC may suggest, in Texas, the COVID-19 vaccine remains voluntary. Texas schools shall not require students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for any reason,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement.
  • Abbott sent the directive to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Texas school superintendents.
  • The governor’s move reaffirms his Executive Order prohibiting vaccine mandates and vaccine passports.

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