The Walt Disney Company announced last week that it requires all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the US to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of September.
Employees still working from home will need to provide verification of their vaccination prior to returning to any Disney theme parks and offices.
Disney said it has begun conversations with unions that represent its other employees, particularly those that work at its theme parks.
“Vaccines are the best tool we all have to help control this global pandemic and protect our employees,” the company said in a statement.
Disney recently announced it would begin requiring theme parks guests to wear masks while in indoor locations at its domestic theme parks regardless of vaccine status.
The new policy was initiated after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that fully vaccinated people begin wearing masks indoors again in places with high Covid transmission rates, which include California and Florida home to Disney theme US parks.
Disney has updated its safety policies in accordance with local health regulations both domestically and internationally since the pandemic began. Most recently, the company began requiring proof of a Covid vaccination or a negative Covid test prior to entry at its Paris-based theme park based on French guidelines.
By Joe Cusmano