Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 11 signed an executive order banning all COVID-19 vaccine mandates (Courtesy Office of the Governor)

Editor's note: This story is updated to include an Oct. 12 comment from the Texas Hospital SystemGov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order on Oct. 11 banning all forms of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, his office said in a press release.

The governor also sent a letter to the Texas Legislature, which would add a ban on COVID-19 vaccine mandates to the third special session agenda. If the legislature passes a bill banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates, then the executive order would expire.

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