The Republican governor noted that he had added the matter to a special session of the legislature to make his executive order law. He issued extensive orders to federal employees, health care workers, and private companies. The ruling was also reversed for Abbott, who previously barred him from interfering with private business decisions. According to the Houston Chronicle, "Private companies don't need to run a government business," Abbott spokeswoman Rina Ease said in August. "The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and is our best defense against the virus, but it should be voluntary and absolutely not mandatory," he said. According to the executive order, a person can refuse a vaccination for any reason "of personal conscience." Abbott is set to run for re-election next year, with some prominent opponents calling for a vaccine ban. The order to cancel more than a thousand flights confused the passengers. Southwest Corporation blamed the cancellation on weather and traffic control problems. The airline pilots' union - which is fighting the order in court - stressed that the cancellation was not due to a "patient left" in protest of the order. However, that did not stop conservative lawmakers, such as Senator Ted Cruz, President Biden, from holding the airline responsible for the vaccine. He seemed comfortable interfering with local governments and authorities. In the summer, Abbott issued executive orders prohibiting local governments and school districts from issuing mask and vaccine orders. Texas has been one of the toughest states in the recent wave of delta fuel epidemics. The state has seen an increase in Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the state since July, according to New York Times tracking data. Although cases are currently declining in Texas, more than 4 million people in the state have been infected during the pandemic and more than 68,000 have died. So far, only 52 percent of the state has been fully vaccinated.
In August, Abbott tested positive for Covid-19 despite full vaccination. By then, the Delta wave was at its peak, Abbott was fighting a mask, and the state's health care systems for COVID-19 patients were overwhelmed.