The Walt Disney Company has had to navigate the unprecedented pandemic during the past year and a half. COVID-19 not only caused every Disney Park in the world to shut down but caused many Cast Members to lose their jobs.
Now that the Disney Parks are all once again open, the company has had to figure out how to continue to operate, even while COVID-19 cases continue to rise in different parts around the globe. Now that vaccinations are readily available, Disney has always been on the side of encouraging Guests to get theirs.
The company even set up a vaccination truck once the vaccines arrived and compensated Cast Members financially if they went to get the shot. Now, Disney has taken their stance on vaccinations a step further, requiring all U.S. Cast Members to be fully vaccinated within a 60 day period of their initial announcement.
With the Delta variant causing numbers in Orange County, Florida to spike, Disney implemented their new mandate, which affects non-union and salaried employees of the company. Now, both Disney World and Disneyland employees must receive their vaccination for employment.
Even after that somewhat controversial announcement, Disney continues to push Guests and Cast Members to get their vaccine. The disneylandcastandcommunity (@disneylandcastandcommunity) Instagram has shared another post explaining why it is now more crucial than ever to get vaccinated.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, now is a great time to remember why Your Actions Matter. Created by Disney for Disney employees, this course focuses on the science behind the COVID-19 vaccines and is now available to the public at www.healthaction.org.
One of the most effective ways people are responding to encouragement to get vaccinated is through conversations with people they trust and respect—by sharing resources with your friends and family, we can all do our part to protect one another’s health and well-being.
The news broke on July 30, leaving Disney Cast Members less than 60 days to get their vaccination if they have not done so. New Cast Members will be required to be vaccinated before beginning their role with the company.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the official CDC website here.
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