Walt Disney World will begin requiring select cast members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for employment.
The initial requirement impacts salaried and non-union cast members.
According to an internal letter sent to cast members, those who fall under the requirement criteria will have 60 days to complete protocols.
There are some exceptions to the requirement, likely due to health conditions and religious beliefs.
Here is the official statement from Disney:
“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 currently working on protocols for cast members working outside of the U.S., as well as working towards an agreement with Cast member unions.