Disney will join forces with Google, Facebook, Netflix, Lyft and Wal-Mart to fully vaccinate some artists at Disneyland and Walt Disney World if they want to continue working at Disney theme parks and other US locations.
According to a statement from Disney, “vaccines are the best tool to help control this global pandemic and protect our employees.”
Disney will require all salaried and non-federal employees in the US to be fully immunized, according to a company statement.
“At The Walt Disney Company, the safety and well-being of our employees has been a top priority during the pandemic,” Disney said in a statement. “Towards that end, and based on the latest recommendations from scientists, health officials and our own medical professionals that the COVID-19 vaccine provides the best protection against serious infections, we require that all salaried and non-union hourly workers Anyone working at any of our sites in the US must be fully vaccinated.”
Disney told employees they have two months to fully vaccinate to avoid hospitalization and a spike in coronavirus case rates amid the spread of the Delta version.
“Employees who are not already vaccinated and working on-site will have 60 days from today to complete their protocols and any worker working from home will be allowed, with some limited exceptions, their Verification of vaccination will need to be provided prior to return.” For Disney’s statement.
Less than half of the 32,000 Disneyland artists – Disney Parlance for Staff – have returned to work after thousands of people were laid off or furloughed during the 412-day coronavirus shutdown of the Anaheim theme parks.
According to Disneyland officials, there are currently 15,000 artists working at the Disneyland resort and about 1,000 more are expected to be hired this summer.
Disneyland was forced to fire and fire thousands of artists during the COVID-19 pandemic, after state officials refused to allow California theme parks to reopen for more than a year.
Before the layoffs and the holiday, Disney employed more than 100,000 people at its US theme parks – 32,000 at Disneyland and 77,000 at Disney World.
The majority of Disneyland employees are union members. Before the pandemic layoffs, Disneyland’s union employees made up at least 28,000 of the 32,000 cast members at the two Anaheim theme parks.
Disney has also started talking to cast member unions about vaccinating employees.
“We have also begun discussions with unions representing our employees under collective bargaining agreements,” Disney said in a statement. “In addition, all new employees will be required to be fully vaccinated before they can begin employment.”