The Texas Supreme Court halted a coronavirus vaccine mandate for the San Antonio, Texas school district staff on Thursday hours earlier than it was set to take impact.
Texas’s highest court docket sided with Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton by quickly blocking the mandate however didn’t rule whether or not or not the district’s mandate or the governor’s vaccine mandate ban is authorized, in line with Texas Tribune.
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The mandate, which mentioned that every one staff of San Antonio Independent School District should be vaccinated by Friday, was a direct problem to Abbott’s current ban on vaccine mandates and was enacted in August by then-Superintendent Pedro Martinez prompting a lawsuit from Paxton.
“No local entity is above state law.” Paxton mentioned in a press launch responding to the ruling. “I am glad to see that the Supreme Court of Texas has again confirmed that the Governor’s decisions control at both the state and local levels. This decision should serve as a reminder to all Texas school districts that they should be using their limited funds on educating children and equipping teachers, not defending unlawful vaccine mandates.”
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an government order banning “any entity” within the state from implementing a coronavirus vaccine mandate earlier this week.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” Abbott mentioned in a press launch Monday.
Abbott’s government order prohibits “any entity” within the state from compelling a person to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine “who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience.”
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Vaccine mandates have turn into a controversial subject throughout the nation as numerous states, cities, and corporations have carried out mandates for public employees in addition to non-public residents.
In September, President Biden introduced his administration would implement a federal requirement that every one firms with greater than 100 staff require employees to be vaccinated. That rule has not formally been rolled out but and plenty of have questioned the legality of implementing such a rule.
Fox News’ Michael Lee contributed to this report