Social media users outraged by Texas provision limiting the promotion of COVID-19 vaccines

A provision in the Texas State Budget prohibits promoting or advertising COVID-19 vaccines in 2024 and 2025, but still allows entities from the state health department to distribute COVID-19 vaccines. A recent news article about the provision has sparked discussion online, with most posts and comments advocating against it.


While social media users are primarily expressing concerns about the provision and are in support of COVID-19 vaccines, conversations about it may provide a platform for vaccine opponents who falsely claim COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe. This may discourage patients from getting the currently-available updated COVID-19 vaccine and updated COVID-19 vaccines that become available in the future. Messaging may emphasize that COVID-19 vaccines have been rigorously tested and have been determined to be safe, as adverse effects are extremely rare. The CDC recommends the updated COVID-19 vaccine for everyone 6 months and older.