Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Wednesday issued a brand new government order prohibiting vaccine mandates throughout the state after the Meals and Drug Administration gave its full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 inoculation earlier this week.
The new measure expands on an earlier order from the governor, which prohibited any vaccine mandates if a product is getting used underneath an emergency use authorization, as all three of the COVID-19 vaccines in use within the U.S. have been till this week. The FDA’s resolution was a key second within the nation’s effort to beat again the pandemic, with public well being officers championing the information as encouragement for about 90 million eligible People which have but to be inoculated.
Abbott’s up to date ban comes regardless of surging charges of recent coronavirus infections each in Texas and throughout the nation linked to the extremely transmissible delta variant. He additionally referred to as on the legislature to vote it into regulation throughout its ongoing particular session.
“Vaccine necessities and exemptions have traditionally been decided by the legislature, and their involvement is especially essential to keep away from a patchwork of vaccine mandates throughout Texas,” the governor added in an announcement.
Greater than 14,200 Texans are at present hospitalized with COVID-19 throughout the state, exceeding a January excessive seen over the past peak of the pandemic earlier than vaccines have been extensively out there, in keeping with The Related Press. The Texas Tribune additionally reported that extra hospitals are reporting a scarcity of intensive care beds than at every other time for the reason that pandemic started, worrying exhausted medical staff which have pleaded for extra folks to get jabbed.
Abbott himself examined constructive for COVID-19 earlier this month regardless of being totally vaccinated.
The governor has been criticized for his hardline strategy to vaccine mandates and his ban on masks necessities, regardless of the surge in new instances. However lots of the state’s largest faculty districts have flouted the foundations amid widespread concern as youngsters put together to return to the classroom. Solely these aged 12 and over are eligible for a vaccine and an rising variety of youngsters have been admitted to hospitals with extreme instances of COVID-19.
Texas officers additionally stopped imposing the masks mandate ban in faculties in current days, at the very least for now, amid a bevy of authorized challenges.
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