The Texas The Supreme Court suspended a coronavirus vaccine warrant for employees of the San Antonio, Texas school district, Thursday a few hours before it goes into effect.
The highest court in Texas sided with Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton in temporarily blocking the warrant, but did not rule on whether the district mandate or the ban on the governor’s vaccination mandate is legal, according to Texas Tribune.
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The mandate, which stipulated that all employees of the San Antonio Independent School District were to be vaccinated by Friday, was a direct challenge to Abbott’s recent ban on vaccination warrants and was enacted in August by the superintendent of l time, Pedro Martinez, triggering legal action against Paxton.
“No local entity is above the law of the state.” Paxton said in a Press release respond to the decision. “I am pleased to see that the Texas Supreme Court has once again confirmed that the governor’s decisions control both the state and the local level. This decision should remind all school districts in Texas that they should use their limited funds for educating children and equipping teachers, without defending illegal vaccine mandates. ”
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order prohibiting “any entity” in the state from applying a coronavirus vaccine warrant 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 said in a press release Monday.
Abbott’s decree prohibits “any entity” of the state from forcing an individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine “who opposes such vaccination for reasons of personal conscience.”
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Vaccination warrants have become a controversial topic across the country as various states, cities and businesses have implemented warrants for public workers as well as private citizens.
In September, President Biden announcement his administration would implement a federal requirement that all businesses with more than 100 employees require workers to be vaccinated. This rule has not yet been officially deployed and many have interrogates the legality of the implementation of such a rule.
Michael Lee of Fox News contributed to this report