Texas businesses slammed governor Greg Abbott’s efforts to bar companies from requiring vaccines as the nation’s partisan fight over mandates ratchets up.
Abbott issued an executive order on Monday stating that “no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a Covid-19 vaccination” and encouraged the state’s lawmakers to pass legislation barring the mandates.
Bob Harvey, head of the Greater Houston Partnership, a business group whose members include ExxonMobil, Citigroup, Chevron and Accenture, said on Tuesday that “the governor’s executive order does not support Texas businesses’ ability and duty to create a safe workplace.”
He said companies should “continue to promote the importance of vaccinations” while the executive order is in place, adding that it was likely to be tested in the courts.
“The Covid-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never…