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Texas Gov. Abbott bans vaccine passports

AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 08: Texas Governor Greg Abbott leaves a press conference where he signed Senate Bills 2 and 3 at the Capitol on June 8, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Governor Abbott signed the bills into law to reform the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and weatherize and improve the reliability of the state's power grid. The bill signing comes months after a disastrous February winter storm that caused widespread power outages and left dozens of Texans dead. (Photo by Montinique Monroe/Getty Images)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott leaves a press conference in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Montinique Monroe/Getty Images)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott leaves a press conference in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Montinique Monroe/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:30 PM PT – Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Texas legislature has passed a law that prohibits the use of vaccine passports. Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) signed Senate Bill 968 on Monday, which bans businesses and government entities from requiring vaccine information in the Lone Star state.

Abbott went on to state that Texas is 100 percent open and no resident shall be discriminated against based on their vaccination status.

“No business or government entity can require a person to provide a vaccine passport or any other vaccine information as a condition of receiving any service or entering any place,” he explained. “I want to thank the Texas Legislature for getting this bill to my desk.”

Business licenses and operating permits will be under jeopardy for any business that requires their customers to show proof of vaccination. Abbott went on to state that Texas will continue to vaccinate more people without treading on the personal freedoms of its residents.

This comes as about 36 percent of Texans have been reported to be fully vaccinated and just under half of the population have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

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