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Texas Schools Cannot Mandate Student COVID-19 Vaccinations

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Governor Greg Abbott has officially stated that Texas students do not have to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to attend school.

Abbott sent letters on November 17 to school district superintendents across the state. With Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath, he stated, “Texas schools shall not require students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for any reason.”

“Recently, the advisory committee on immunization practices for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended adding the COVID-19 vaccine to immunization schedules for adults and school-aged children,” they wrote.

“In light of the CDC recommendation, I want to remind you that per Executive Order GA-19 … no governmental entity in Texas can mandate the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Abbott continued, “This executive order allows parents to opt out of the COVID-19 vaccine for their children while further empowering Texas parents to be the primary decision-makers in their children’s health care.”

“Despite attempts at federal overreach into the health care decisions of Americans, in Texas, we must continue to honor and defend the freedom of parents to choose what is best for the health and well-being of their families,” they said.

“Regardless of what the CDC may suggest, in Texas, the COVID-19 vaccine remains voluntary.”

The governor issued the executive order on August 25, 2021, preventing government agencies in Texas from requiring people to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The order asserts that state agencies and organizations that receive public funding cannot require people to provide proof of vaccination.

The Immunization Partnership, a vaccine advocacy nonprofit, shared a statement with The Dallas Express from its executive director, Terri Burke.

“Just re-elected to a third term, Governor Abbot obviously has the attention of Texans,” Burke said. “He should use his powerful pulpit to urge parents to vaccinate their children against COVID-19, as the CDC has recommended.”

She continued, “With the looming ‘tri-demic’ of flu, RSV, and COVID, and pediatric hospital beds already filling, he should use this moment to point out that vaccines are currently available for two of the three respiratory illnesses and that wise parents would see their physicians for these shots.”

Public school students in Texas are still required by the state’s department of state health services (DSHS) to be vaccinated against several other diseases and viruses, including tetanus, polio, measles, and chicken pox.

Students may opt out if they have a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine or if their parent/guardian asks for a religious or conscientious exemption, according to the DSHS.

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Fed Up With Dallas County
Fed Up With Dallas County
2 months ago

Watch “Died Suddenly” and you will never trust the medical establishment again.