Disney announces COVID vaccine requirement for select employees

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Walt Disney Co., which owns broadcasters ABC and ESPN, will require all salaried and non-union hourly employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The company made the announcement July 30, 2021 and said employees have 60 days to comply.

The company will allow exceptions in “certain limited” situations, it said.

Disney will also be entering into discussions with the unions representing its employees to discuss vaccination issues for hourly employees represented under a collective bargaining unit.

It appears that salaried union members will be required to be vaccinated

The new policy covers any employees working on site in the U.S. as well as all new hires.

The move follows companies including Google and Facebook saying they will require employees to be vaccinated in order to return to office environments come the fall when transitioning from remote working.

Federal employees also will be required to be vaccinated, the White House announced July 29, 2021.

COVID-19 vaccines have undergone extensive testing and monitoring to ensure their safety. Scientific research has shown COVID-19 vaccines to be very safe and highly effective in decreasing the likelihood of contracting the illness and, if one does become sick, symptoms are less severe and less likely to lead to hospitalization or death. For more information about COVID-19 and coronavirus, visit the CDC website. You can locate a free vaccination site or clinic near you at Vaccines.gov. As with any medical decision, you should always discuss your options with your doctor.