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. Communication campaigns promoting the COVID-19 vaccine may emphasize that COVID-19 vaccines have been rigorously tested and have been determined to be safe, as adverse effects are extremely rare, and that staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines prevents severe illness, hospitalization, death, and long COVID.