In response to renewed concerns about the ongoing covid-19 pandemic and the spread of delta variant, Disney is taking an important step to ensure that all of its U.S. employees are protected from the virus.
Disney’s new tenure comes right after the studio slashed actress Scarlet Johansson for his lawsuit against the company for Black Widow in which she claims the studio wronged her by not giving the film an exclusive theatrical release. In A declaration Sent this afternoon, Disney announced that it now requires all salaried and non-union employees to obtain vaccinated against covid-19 out of a desire to keep them safe as they continue to work during the pandemic. Employees who work on site and those who work remotely will be required to receive the vaccine, and in the future, the company will only hire those who have been vaccinated. “Employees who are not already vaccinated and who are working on-site will have 60 days from today to complete their protocols and all employees still working at home will be required to provide a vaccination check prior to their return, with some exceptions. near. »Statement explained.
Disney’s announcement comes at a time when a number of other companies like Google and Facebook have taken similar action amid growing concerns about the virality and severity of the delta variant, which affects the unvaccinated the most. The Disney statement also clarified that the decision came after discussions with unions on how best to address this specific issue, and insisted the company trusts vaccines because they are “the best tool that we all have to help control this global pandemic and protect our employees. Here is the full statement:
“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. To this end, and based on the latest recommendations from scientists, health officials, and our own healthcare professionals that the COVID-19 vaccine provides the best protection against serious infections, we require all hourly employees employees and non-union members in the United States working at any of our sites be fully immunized. Employees who are not already vaccinated and who are working on-site will have 60 days from today to complete their protocols and all employees still working from home will be required to provide a vaccination check before their return, with a few exceptions. . We have also started conversations on this subject with the unions representing our employees in collective agreements. In addition, all new recruits should be fully vaccinated before starting work. Vaccines are the best tool we all have to help control this global pandemic and protect our employees. “
In the coming weeks, vaccination rates will directly reflect the extent of the spread of covid-19, and from a business standpoint, it is in Disney’s best interest to encourage its employees to not catch the virus responsible for bringing several industries to a standstill last year.
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