UT Austin requires federal contractors to get a COVID-19 vaccine – Community News

UT Austin requires federal contractors to get a COVID-19 vaccine

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The University of Texas at Austin is requiring federal contractors to receive the COVID-19 vaccine — a decision that conflicts with Governor Greg Abbott’s recent ban on vaccine mandates.

The UT’s announcement comes in response to President Joe Biden’s executive order in September requiring federal employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

UT professor and policy expert Eric McDaniel believes that Biden’s mandate is indispensable unless a court can prove it is unnecessary.

“I think the biggest problem people are fighting back against is this idea of ​​necessity. “Is the coronavirus such a big problem or such a big threat that it should be mandated?” McDaniel said. “That’s where I think they’re going to get a lot of backlash.”

Abbott’s office sent KXAN a statement calling the mandate a constitutional override and promising to work with the state’s attorney general to fight the injunction. You can read the full statement below.

“Governor Abbott continues to hear from countless Texans concerned about losing their jobs because of this federal overreach. With both OSHA and CMS’s vaccine mandates recently terminated in Texas, it’s clear that the courts agree that the Biden administration is exceeding its constitutional authority and is trying to protect Americans’ right to choose whether or not to get vaccinated. to trample. After spending his entire time in office fighting for the rights and freedoms of all Texans, the Governor will not abandon Texans concerned about bringing food to the table, and our office is working with the office of the Attorney General to continue that fight.”