UPDATED 3:30 PM PT – Tuesday, June 8, 2021
The Texas legislature has passed a law that prohibits the use of vaccine passports. Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) signed Senate Bill 968 on Monday, which bans businesses and government entities from requiring vaccine information in the Lone Star state.
Abbott went on to state that Texas is 100 percent open and no resident shall be discriminated against based on their vaccination status.
Texas is open 100%.
Texans should have the freedom to go where they want without any limits, restrictions, or requirements.
Today, I signed a law that prohibits any TX business or gov’t entity from requiring vaccine passports or any vaccine information. pic.twitter.com/JQXOe4cHgY
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 7, 2021
“No business or government entity can require a person to provide a vaccine passport or any other vaccine information as a condition of receiving any service or entering any place,” he explained. “I want to thank the Texas Legislature for getting this bill to my desk.”
Business licenses and operating permits will be under jeopardy for any business that requires their customers to show proof of vaccination. Abbott went on to state that Texas will continue to vaccinate more people without treading on the personal freedoms of its residents.
This comes as about 36 percent of Texans have been reported to be fully vaccinated and just under half of the population have received at least one dose of a vaccine.