On October 12th, OSHA sent its second COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard, requiring employers of 100 or more employees to mandate that their employees be fully vaccinated or be tested weekly, to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). The timeframe is unknown on how long OIRA will take to review the proposed regulation and no terms of the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard have been released.
On October 11th, Governor Abbott stated that no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination by any individual, including an employee or consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19. The issues has been added as an item to the Third Special Session agenda. "The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced," said Governor Abbott.