(KTEN) -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a new executive order on Wednesday that prohibits any government agency from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations.

In addition, no rules, policies, regulations or ordinances can be enacted that require individuals from offering proof of vaccination; that applies to government agencies and organizations receiving public funds, the Republican governor said.

Nursing homes, and state-supported assisted living facilities or long-term care facilities are exempt.

"Vaccine requirements and exemptions have historically been determined by the legislature, and their involvement is particularly important to avoid a patchwork of vaccine mandates across Texas,"  Abbott explained in a written statement.

Abbott also ordered that the issue of vaccine mandates be added to the agenda of the current special session of the Texas Legislature.

The 7-day average of new COVID-19 cases in Texas has accelerated to its highest level since early February. More than 55,000 Texans have died since the start of the pandemic.

The Mayo Clinic reports the average positive test rate for Texas has increased from under 5 percent at the end of June to 30 percent currently. Only 46.4 percent of Texans have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.