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Published on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Texas officially bans vaccine passports

Texas officially outlawed vaccine passports, just hours after Carnival Cruise Line said it would start cruises from Galveston requiring proof of a vaccination.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 968 into law meaning companies operating in the state cannot ask for proof of a vaccination. 

The cruise line had just announced Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze, will be returning to the Port of Galveston.

Unlike Florida, there are no specific fines for companies violating this but they could have a license, permit or similar authorization required by the state revoked.

The cruise line is banking on federal law overriding anything enacted at state level.

"We are evaluating the legislation recently signed into law in Texas regarding vaccine information. The law provides exceptions for when a business is implementing Covid protocols in accordance with federal law which is consistent with our plans to comply with the (CDC) guidelines," Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement.

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  • One more reason to avoid Texas

    Public health be damned.

    By Jim Charne, Thursday, June 10, 2021

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