A lot has changed in a short amount of time regarding the pandemic and Disney.
While many restaurants and rides are reopening, masks are now back to being required for everyone at indoor locations in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland after the CDC changed mask guidelines. And now, Disney just announced that they will be requiring all employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
According to CNN’s Frank Pallotta, Disney will be requiring all salaried and non-union hourly employees to get fully vaccinated.
Disney’s full statement reportedly says in part that, “Employees who aren’t already vaccinated and are working on-site will have 60 days from today to complete their protocols.”
As for employees still working from home, they will, “need to provide verification of vaccination prior to their return, with certain limited exceptions.”
Disney also said they have begun conversations with the unions about bargaining agreements in regards to vaccines. On July 30th, the Workers United Local 50 shared that they “will begin conversations with Disney regarding mandatory vaccination of Union members in the coming weeks.” They plan to continue sharing updates as the situation develops.
All new hires “will be required to be fully vaccinated before beginning employment.”
Disney ended by saying, “Vaccines are the best tool we all have to help control this global pandemic and protect our employees.”
You can read Disney’s full statement below:
“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 professional that the COVID-19 vaccine provides the best protection against severe infection, we are requiring all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. working at any of our sites to 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”
We’ll keep you updated on any further developments.