Energizing Republican voters in the county is important to the party, and keeping in touch with its base is important to Mr Abbott, who faces challenges in the Republican primary next year from several candidates who will do so. consider vulnerable right.
Understanding the state of vaccine and mask mandates in the United States
- Mask rules. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July recommended that all Americans, regardless of their immunization status, wear masks in indoor public places in areas affected by epidemics, a reversal of guidelines it offered in May. . See where the CDC guidelines would apply and where states have instituted their own mask policies. The battle for masks has become controversial in some states, with some local leaders defying state bans.
- Vaccination rules. . . and bfactories. Private companies are increasingly imposing coronavirus vaccines on their employees, with different approaches. Such warrants are authorized by law and have been confirmed in court challenges.
- College and universities. More than 400 colleges and universities require students to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Almost all of them are in states that voted for President Biden.
- Schools. On August 11, California announced it would require teachers and staff in public and private schools to be vaccinated or tested regularly, the first state in the country to do so. A survey released in August found that many American parents of school-aged children are opposed to mandatory vaccines for students, but were more in favor of mask mandates for students, teachers and staff who don’t. don’t have their vaccines.
- Hospitals and medical centers. Many hospitals and large healthcare systems are requiring their employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19, citing an increase in the number of cases fueled by the Delta variant and stubbornly low vaccination rates in their communities, even within their hand -work.
- New York. On August 3, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York announced that proof of vaccination would be required from workers and customers for indoor meals, gyms, shows and other indoor situations, becoming the first city America to require vaccines for a wide range of activities. . Employees of the city’s hospitals must also get vaccinated or undergo weekly tests. Similar rules are in place for New York State employees.
- At the federal level. The Pentagon has announced that it will seek to make coronavirus vaccination mandatory for the nation’s 1.3 million active-duty soldiers “no later than” by mid-September. President Biden announced that all federal civilian employees should be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo regular testing, social distancing, mask requirements and restrictions on most travel.
Mr Abbott’s response to the coronavirus last year, measures that included trade restrictions and a mask warrant, angered some Republicans and helped spark a revolt within the State party. Allen West, the former Florida congressman, was elevated to the party’s top job last summer and has since stepped down to challenge Mr Abbott.
But as coronavirus hospitalizations rose again in the state, approaching peaks of last year, Mr Abbott has resisted calls for new warrants. He also banned local elected officials from imposing requirements for masks or vaccines. After leaders of several major cities, including Dallas, San Antonio and Houston, opposed the order and went ahead with mask warrants, the governor took them to court. The Texas Supreme Court is currently reviewing the matter.
Instead of warrants, the governor instead urged Texans – whose vaccination rates are below the national average – to get vaccinated voluntarily. As intensive care units fill up more and more, he has asked hospitals to voluntarily postpone elective procedures and has expanded the use of the monoclonal antibody treatment he is currently receiving. The state health department also requested that five federal mortuary trailers be deployed as needed, although none were requested by cities or counties on Tuesday.