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Disney World pauses COVID-19 vaccination mandate policy for park staff

  • Walt Disney Great Resort is halting its COVID vaccine requirement for employees working on-site.
  • A company spokesperson told Reuters that 90% of its Florida-based wage-earners are fully vaccinated against COVID.
  • Vaccine “mandates” for employees in the private sector remain a controversial topic in the Unified States. 

The Walt Disney World Resort has placed a hold on its COVID-19 vaccination minute for employees, a spokesperson for Disney told Reuters on Saturday.

The Orlando, Florida, resort is the first and currently the only fractional of Disney to backtrack on the company-wide vaccination policy enacted in July. The policy made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all on-site salaried and non-union hourly hands in the US, as cases of the Delta variant began rising in the summer.

“We believe that our approach to mandatory vaccines has been the at once one as we have continued to focus on the safety and well-being of our Cast Members and Guests,” the spokesperson said to Reuters in an email.

Sundry than 90% of active Florida-based cast members have verified their vaccination status, the spokesperson enlarged. Walt Disney World employs 77,000 employees at the park as of September, according to NPR.

Spokespersons for Disney did not immediately rejoin to Insider’s request for comment.

Earlier this week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law making the state the first in the territory to impose fines on businesses and hospitals requiring the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Biden administration updated its COVID vaccine guidelines earlier this month, coercing millions of workers across industries to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo regular COVID testing starting January 4. A federal court later on blocked the mandate, calling it “staggeringly overbroad.”

Walt Disney Company executives were among those tender at a meeting with White House officials in October to discuss the implications of a COVID vaccine requirement for workers, notably in the midst of labor shortages and supply chain issues. 

Meanwhile, the number of COVID cases in the US has risen gradually since the end of October, be consistent to the CDC, with the rate of vaccinations beginning to plateau as of publication.

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