The governor announced, following an example set by the Republican governors of Florida and Alabama that Vaccine passports have been outlawed in Texas to ensure people have the freedom to go where they want without boundaries.
Greg Abbott, governor since 2015, endorsed the bill into law on Monday, and he said in a video post online that Texas was open 100 per cent, and they wanted to make sure that people have the freedom to go where they want without limits.
He said that the Texas Legislature enacted a law that he was about to sign that bans vaccine passports in Texas and that no business or government entity could ask a person to provide a vaccine passport or any other vaccine information as a condition of obtaining any service or entering any place.
Abbott then endorsed the bill – Senate Bill 968 – with a flourish, saying that vaccine passport was now banned in the Lone Star State.
Companies that infringe the law against vaccine passports could lose state contracts.
Additionally, state agencies could make compliance with the embargo, a condition of their getting permits or licences.
Abbott later praised Texas’s success in battling the pandemic, declaring that the state has a new all-time low in the seven-day positivity rate, at only 2.81 per cent.
There were only two deaths reported on Sunday, he stated, only two days have had fewer since the pandemic started.
Hospitalisations remain near 13-month lows, he stated, adding: ‘Great job, Texans!’
The issue of vaccine passports is proving intensely divisive.
The White House has said that they will not federally be mandated, with Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, stating on April 6 that the federal government was not now nor will be supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential.
She added that there will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.
Yet some Democrat states have started their own vaccine passports, promoting them as an easy way to ensure the safety of all who assemble in a venue.
In New York, the Excelsior Pass, a free digital certificate, shown on a phone, is widely being used at venues such as Madison Square Garden, Barclays Centre, Citi Field and Yankee Stadium, which has been open with limited seating for fans.
Large sports stadiums and arenas are set to begin dividing seating sections into vaccinated and unvaccinated sections, and some owners have indicated that considerably more space will be dedicated to the former, which won’t require masks or social distancing.
People don’t need confirmation that they got a shot, and why should they give up their freedom. After all, we’re not asked if we got our herpes shot or pneumonia jab, but those states that do require vaccination passports, it called the dumbing down of the lowest denominator.
And you might be able to go where you want without limits in Texas, but you won’t be able to go anywhere else or travel to states that do require a passport, and you won’t be able to get on any aircraft without documentation of vaccination.
People also have the right to live a healthy, natural life without vaccines, and many people’s right end where fear starts.