Leaders in some states are considering measures that would require employers to accept negative COVID-19 tests or proof of natural immunity as an alternative to vaccination requirements.
On Oct. 11, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a broad executive order banning vaccine mandates in the state. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” Abbott said.
Additionally, some state-level bills aim to provide exceptions from federal and employer coronavirus vaccine mandates.