Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order on Monday effectively banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates by any employer in the state.

The order states: “No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a 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 COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” Abbott said in a statement. This is the latest of Abbott’s measures to hamper a more robust public health policy which includes bans against vaccine passport requirements and school districts from requiring masks.