Legislation is Filed to End Wuhan Virus Mandates & Restrictions in Texas
Texas State Senator Lois Kolkhorst recently filed a series of bills to end Wuhan virus measures that are still in effect.
Although the majority of Wuhan virus-era measures have expired, there are still lingering effects of the Wuhan virus that the state government has not fully addressed.
Soli Rice of Texas Scorecard noted that countless individuals were fired from their jobs or not allowed to return to school due to the Wuhan virus vaccine. A substantial portion were refused entry to businesses because they did not comply with mask mandates.
As a result of the lingering effects of the Wuhan virus mandates, Kolkhorst filed Senate Bills 1024, 2025, and 1026 to strengthen certain executive orders Abbott issued. These bills were also filed to scrap Wuhan virus mandates.
“This series of bills will put an end, once and for all, to ineffective and crushing restrictions on our personal liberties that we saw during COVID-19,” stated Kolkhorst. “One of the most important actions we take is to learn from our lessons and make sure we put safeguards in place for future generations. This legislation is aimed at preventing future repeats of these controversial public health measures, which did little to slow the spread of the virus and did serious damage to the economy and education systems.”
Senate Bill 1024 aims to enshrine protections from Governor Greg Abbott’s executive orders in 2021, which bar government agencies and employers from imposing vaccine and mask-wearing mandates.
Senate Bill 1025 prevents any modifications to the current vaccine schedule for schools unless the state legislature makes the changes. Usually, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) exercises influence over states’ school vaccine schedules. Following the CDC’s decision to add the Wuhan virus shot to school vaccine schedules, some Texas legislators are working to keep the CDC from having the authority to shape Texas vaccine schedules.
Kolkhorst’s bill would “ensure the COVID-19 vaccine remains off the Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students as a requirement for admission to elementary or secondary public schools, and institutions of higher education may not require students be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of their enrollment or attendance.”
Last but not least, Kolkhorst filed Senate Bill 1026 to broaden another executive order that Abbott issued in 2021.
Abbott’s order barred Texas government agencies from demanding that individuals provide proof of vaccination. However, Abbott’s order was only applicable to government entities. In effect, healthcare workers, airline employees, and members of the military were compelled to resign or were fired for refusing to take the vaccine.
Kolkhorst’s bill would broaden that safeguard so that no private employer, government entity, school, or college can mandate an individual to provide proof of vaccination.
“Texans should not be losing their jobs, their pensions, or their ability to earn a living because they refused a COVID-19 vaccine,” stated Kolkhorst. “Similarly, flu shots are not mandated but strongly encouraged. That should be the same application to COVID-19 but it has been treated differently.”
On top of that, the measure bars licensed facilities from prioritizing or discriminating against patients when it comes to treatment based on their Wuhan virus vaccination status.
“No patient should be denied life-saving care or surgery because of their vaccination status, as has been the case in some Texas hospitals,” Kolkhorst stated. “Never again should government be able to abandon our rights and freedoms in the name of public health. These bills see that Texas remains free of lockdowns, masking mandates, and COVID-19 vaccination requirements.”
No matter how one slices it, the medical industrial complex will not change its ways via persuasion. Sound legislative force is needed to clamp down on these institutions. Once Republicans let go off their pro-corporate instincts, they can bring back some semblance of normalcy to people’s private affairs.