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Texas governor bans mandated Covid-19 ‘vaccine passports’ – Times of India


HOUSTON: Texas governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order that bans the federal government mandated Covid-19 “vaccine passports”.
According to the chief order issued on Tuesday, it prohibits state companies or political subdivisions within the state from making a “vaccine passport” requirement, or in any other case conditioning receipt of providers on a person’s Covid-19 vaccination standing, studies Xinhua information company.
The order additionally prohibits organisations receiving public funds from requiring shoppers to supply documentation of vaccine standing with a view to obtain any service or enter anyplace.
“Everyday, Texans are returning to normal life as more people get the safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine. But, as I’ve said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced,” Abbott was quoted as saying in a press release.
“Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives.
“That is why I’ve issued an Executive Order that prohibits government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas,” he said.
The executive order came as inoculation credentials, often referred to as vaccine passports, are being developed around the world as a way to quickly prove someone’s immunisation status.
According to a report in The Texas Tribune newspaper, it has become a fierce debate, with Republicans largely opposing the move, saying it is an infringement on individual freedoms and privacy.
Supporters, including a number of private companies, point to the passports as a way to confidently return to activities and ensure safety at workplaces.
New York grew to become the primary US state to unveil this measure in its Excelsior Pass, which can be utilized to shortly present proof of a vaccination or a damaging check.

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