Texas high court temporarily blocks school district’s vaccine mandate

Officials with the San Antonio Independent School District in Texas had been preparing to enforce a rule that would require all employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Similar requirements have been promoted on the federal level by President Joe Biden and other prominent Democrats.

That mandate was put on hold, however, after the state’s highest court issued a temporary injunction.

“No local entity is above state law”

The Texas Supreme Court’s ruling is not a final decision regarding the merits of the case, nor did it weigh in on the validity of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s order prohibiting mandates or the school district’s policy.

Nevertheless, Republican state Attorney General Ken Paxton celebrated the outcome in a press release.

“No local entity is above state law,” he declared. “I am glad to see that the Supreme Court of Texas has again confirmed that the Governor’s decisions control at both the state and local levels.”

Paxton cautioned other communities that the injunction “should serve as a reminder to all Texas school districts that they should be using their limited funds on educating children and equipping teachers, not defending unlawful vaccine mandates.”

For his part, Abbott responded with a statement touting the safety and efficacy of the available COVID-19 vaccines while reiterated that receiving it “should remain voluntary and never forced.”

“The right to accept or refuse”

The decision came after the governor handed down an executive order prohibiting “any entity” in the state from demanding proof of vaccination, announcing in a tweet on Monday that he had “added the issue to the Special Session agenda.”

According to Fox News, Abbott’s move attracted some fierce opposition, primarily from the left.

Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik, for example, wrote: “Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s new order on vaccine mandates is beyond unhinged. Abbott’s order is manifestly political, a sop to the far-right-wing Republican base in his state.”

While many Texans support the governor’s firm stance on the issue, Hiltzik spoke for proponents of vaccine mandates in concluding that the impact of his executive order “can’t be minimized.”

State Rep. Tom Oliverson, a Republican who authored a bill aimed at prohibiting vaccine mandates in Texas, said that he has been inoculated but believes “that a patient of sound mind and body has the right to accept or refuse medical advice and treatment.”

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