Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton prevailed at least temporarily in blocking a vaccine mandate in the San Antonio, Texas school district for employees.
According to a report in Fox News, the Texas Supreme Court sided with the state on Thursday, ruling just hours before the mandate was meant to take effect.
The mandate, which was enacted in August, demanded that all employees of the San Antonio Independent School District be vaccinated by Friday of this week and was in direct violation of Abbott’s recent executive order that banned such requirements.
The school’s unwillingness to back down from its rule, put into place by then-Superintendent Pedro Martinez, caused Paxton to file a suit against the district in hopes of allowing teachers and staff to regain their medical autonomy.
“No local entity is above state law.” Paxton said in a press release responding to the ruling. “I am glad to see that the Supreme Court of Texas has again confirmed that the Governor’s decisions control at both the state and local levels.
“This decision should serve as a reminder to all Texas school districts that they should be using their limited funds on educating children and equipping teachers, not defending unlawful vaccine mandates.”
While the employees of the school district are safe from the mandate for now, according to the Texas Tribune, the court did not rule on whether Abbott’s ban on mandates is legal.
Abbott’s order was explicit ib banning “any entity” in the state of Texas to enforce a coronavirus vaccine mandate and came from his desk earlier this week, just in time to fend of the San Antonio ISD’s order.
“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 press release Monday. He went on to say that no one in Texas can be compelled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine “who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience.”