Austin, Texas – Texas Governor Greg Abbott has filed a petition against the COVID-19 vaccine mandate imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The petition, filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, urges the court to lift the mandate and affirm Abbott’s GA-40 executive order, the governor’s office says.
According to the petition, GA-40 says that “[n]o Texas entity may enforce the receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any person, including an employee or consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, religious belief, or medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.”
The OSHA requirement, issued in early November, applies to companies with more than 100 employees. Under the mandate, employees for those companies must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 4 or have face masks and weekly tests in place.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a decision to temporarily block this mandate, according to a press release published by the Utah Attorney General.
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