On April 5, all Florida residents who are over the age of 18 will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, as per Governor DeSantis’s recent decision to open up vaccine availability to more of the state. It seems that Disney Cast Members have a little more incentive to get that shot.
Unite Here! Local 362 — a union representing Walt Disney World employees — previously was fighting to get Cast Members vaccinated, and now, it seems that now only will Cast Members have the opportunity to be vaccinated, but also Disney will be paying their Cast Members for four hours worth of work.
The Unite Here! Local 362 Facebook group recently shared a press release that confirms Disney is offering four hours worth of pay for Cast Members to get the COVID-19 vaccine:
It’s time for Our Shot!
Disney is paying four (4) hours for getting the vaccine! More information on how to access this benefit will be shared later this week.Stay safe, and stay strong!
It's time for Our Shot!Disney is paying four (4) hours for getting the vaccine! More information on how to access this benefit will be shared later this week. Stay safe, and stay strong!
Cast Members who receive (or received) their shot between January 1, 2021, and September 30, 2021, are eligible to receive four hours of compensation. Cast Members can either get a single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, as all are being rolled out throughout the U.S.
Walt Disney World Cast Members are even able to forgo a shift if it conflicts with the vaccine appointment that they received.
This offering is good news for Cast Members, especially considering vaccinated Cast Members may continue to make Guests to feel even more comfortable visiting Disney World. Also, as we previously noted, Disney World Cast Members are exposed to thousands of other people each day as they work to keep their jobs and put food on their families’ tables. And, as Cast Members continue to work at Walt Disney World, they are also helping to stimulate Florida’s recovering economy by keeping what may just be Orlando’s largest business up and running throughout the pandemic and beyond.
Although Cast Members cannot be forced to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, the incentive would be great to bring back offerings that have been removed, such as character performers returning to conduct meet and greets. We already discussed how Disney Parks worldwide are starting to bring back meet and greets with scheduled visits, and knowing that performers are vaccinated could just be another positive for both Guests and Cast Member safety overall.
Theme parks in Central Florida employ tens of thousands of individuals, and parks like Walt Disney World Resort have been open throughout the pandemic since summer 2020, so makes sense that Cast Members get their opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and also compensated to continue keeping Disney World as safe as possible.
If you would like to help Cast Members who are facing hard times, click here for information and details of organizations that donate and support Cast Members directly. If you are a Cast Member yourself in need of assistance, click here for resources.
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