Today, The Walt Disney Company announced that they will be requiring that all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. working at any of their sites must be fully vaccinated. This comes after another major wave of COVID-19, specifically the Delta variant, has impacted the United States. Just days ago, Disney announced that both their California and Florida parks would require masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
Now, with this new update, Disney requires COVID vaccines for all salaried and non-union cast members before they return to work. Those who are currently back at work, but are unvaccinated, will have 60 days to comply with the new rules. Disney will soon meet with unions to see what will happen to the thousands of cast members represented by them. The company also stated that all new hires will be required to be fully vaccinated before starting with Disney.
This is a massive push towards vaccines and immunization, as other major companies in the U.S. also begin to require their employees to get vaccinated as well. Specifics on those exempt for medical or religious reasons have not been fully posted, but it appears that exceptions can be made. It will be up to the unions to see where many of the theme park cast members will lie under this new ruling.
How do you feel about this new ruling? Does it make you feel safer that Disney requires COVID-19 vaccines, or do you feel it is a major company forcing vaccines on its employees? Let us know in the comments below.