Disney has just revealed that they will require their US staff to get vaccinated against Covid.
Employees will have to undergo the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to work.
Confirming their decision in a statement, the Walt Disney Company explained:
At The Walt Disney Company, the safety and well-being of our employees during the pandemic has been and continues to be a top priority.
Toward that end, and based on the latest recommendations of scientists, health officials and our own medical professionals that the COVID-19 vaccine provides the best protection against severe infection, we are requiring that all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. working at any of our sites be fully vaccinated.
Employees who aren't already vaccinated and are working on-site will have 60 days from today to complete their protocols and any employees still working from home will need to provide verification of vaccination prior to their return, with certain limited exceptions.
We have also begun conversations around this topic with the unions representing our employees under collective bargaining agreements. In addition, all new hires will be required to be fully vaccinated before beginning employment. Vaccines are the best tool we all have to help control this global pandemic and protect our employees.
Disney is the latest to join a wave of huge companies such as Netflix, Facebook, and Google to announce similar measures in the past few weeks.
Walmart and Disney join a growing group of businesses requiring vaccination. https://t.co/gvURJeyV0p
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 31, 2021
Disney also announed they are mandating masks indoors. Disney has amended the mask policy at its U.S.-based theme parks in the wake of new guidance from health and government officials.
Starting Friday, the company will require all guests, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings in indoor locations at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and the Disneyland Resort in California. Children under the age of two, however, are exempt from this mandate.
The change in policy comes as Covid cases continue to surge in the U.S.
JUST IN: Disney World has updated it face mask policy to require all guests (ages 2 and older) to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, starting July 30. pic.twitter.com/LWqrSf4IuH
— Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1) July 29, 2021
On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed course and recommended that fully vaccinated people begin wearing masks indoors again in places with high Covid transmission rates. These hot spots include states like California and Florida, where Disney has numerous parks.
Covid continues to dominate headlines across the globe. While vaccinations are rolled out worldwide, new variants of the virus continue to reak havoc.
Hopefully someday soon we will see the end of COVID-19.