ISSUE

Employers and other entities are considering or have already instituted requirements that employees get vaccinated for COVID-19. However, several bills have been filed in the third called special legislative session to essentially nullify these requirements. A few also would not allow colleges and public schools to require that their students receive vaccinations to attend classes.

All of these bills would keep employers and schools from being able to manage the health and safety conditions of their own working environments.

BACKGROUND

Although 83% of Texans are eligible for a vaccine, only about half have gotten vaccinated. This low rate has resulted in the 62,000 deaths from COVID-19 in Texas so far. About 10,000 people in the state are currently hospitalized because of the virus.

Now, just two months into the current school year, COVD-19 cases are more than all of the cases in the last school year. Sadly, Texas is a leading state for child COVID-19 deaths, with over 60 reported to date.

CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND SENATOR

Every Texan should let their state representative and senator know they oppose these bills.

Find who represents you HERE.

Find the contact info for your state representative HERE or HERE. Find the contact info for your state senator HERE or HERE).

You can say or write…

My name is _______. I live in _______ and my zip code is _____. I want {your rep’s or senator’s name} to oppose all bills that limit the ability of employers and other entities to require that employees and public and higher education school students receive COVID-19 vaccinations to work or attend classes. These bills would keep employers and schools from being able to manage the health and safety conditions of their own working environments. Also, given the high COVD-19 infection rates throughout Texas, vaccination requirements are needed to help reduce the spread of this deadly disease.

I also want {your rep or senator} to support, in any way possible, the ability of public schools to ensure the health and safety of their students, educators, and staff. This includes requiring common-sense, science-based, requirements such as mask wearing, social distancing, and reporting student COVID infections to parents.

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