TX – AUSTIN, Texas — An estimated 20 million people in the U.S. are at risk for HPV-16 and HPV-18, the two types of cancers that can cause cervical cancer.
The new vaccine, developed by a San Antonio-based company, aims to prevent cervical cancer by preventing HPV from spreading, or shedding.
It has been available since the beginning of 2018.
But that has not stopped the Texas Legislature from trying to make it harder for Texasans to get their hands on the vaccine.
Greg Abbott has proposed requiring that patients seeking an HPV vaccine fill out a questionnaire, which requires a doctor’s note to be signed and a doctor signature to be shown.
In a statement, the governor said the Legislature “will continue to work diligently to prevent the spread of the disease to Texans, and will continue to do so with the utmost respect to the Constitution and the laws of Texas.”
In June, the Texas Senate passed an amendment to the state’s voter ID law requiring all voters to show a photo ID at the polls.
A new bill in the House would prevent the use of a state-issued driver’s license for any purpose, including voting.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has said his office will defend the new legislation.
Critics say the new requirements would increase voter fraud and disenfranchise voters, and have said they will appeal the ruling to the U and U.N. agencies.
As of Friday, the state had 6,200 registered voters who have received at least one vaccine.
But the Texas Department of State Health Services estimated that more than 3.8 million people nationwide are currently enrolled in Texas health plans that offer HPV vaccines.