Disney World reaches deal with unions to require Covid-19 vaccinations for unionized employees

Masks are worn by guests. As required. To attend the official reopening of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista (Florida), on Saturday, July 11, 2020.
Disney reached an agreement with its unions that requires all employees who work at Walt Disney World, Florida, to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 by October 22, 2021.

This move comes almost a month after Disney required that all salaried and hourly employees in the U.S. be fully vaccinated against coronavirus by September 31st.

There has not been a deal with the unions on west coast who cater to Disneyland Resort employees.

Six affiliate unions comprising approximately 43,000 Disney cast members in Florida are represented by the Service Trades Council Union. They announced that the company will host on-site vaccination events for employees over the next few days.

The union stated that vaccines are safe, effective and free. It sent a memo Monday to its members. Workers can protect themselves against this deadly virus by getting vaccinated.

Monday's Food and Drug Administration approval granted Pfizer and BioNTech full approval for the Covid-19 vaccine. This is the first U.S.-based vaccine to be awarded this coveted designation, giving more schools, businesses and universities the confidence to implement vaccine mandates.

The mRNA vaccine, now known as Comirnaty in the United States, was currently on the market pursuant to an FDA emergency use authorization granted December.

The union stated that employees with "sincerely held" religious beliefs or medical conditions will be exempt from the requirement.

Disney considers all employees fully vaccinated if their last dose of the Pfizer Moderna or Moderna vaccine has been completed, or if the Johnson & Johnson vaccine shot has been administered.

Since the outbreak, Disney has revised its safety policies to comply with international and domestic health regulations. The company has been requiring proof that a Covid vaccine or negative Covid test was obtained before allowing entry to its Paris-based theme park. This is in accordance with French guidelines.