Executive Order Restricts Employer Vaccination Mandates

On October 11, 2021, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-40, which prohibits any entity in Texas from compelling receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19. The penalty for violations of this order could be fines of up to $1,000 per violation. The order also provides that it supersedes any other order that may conflict and limits any local officials' ability to issue orders that conflict with this order.

It is unclear whether this order conflicts with the federal vaccination mandates, so employers in the state should consult with counsel regarding their vaccination policies.

Executive Order GA-40 »