The Walt Disney Company and Cast Member unions put a vaccine mandate in place requiring Cast Members to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by next month, and some Cast Members are planning to protest the requirement. This protest is planned for Walt Disney World, and sources in the company say another is planned on the west coast for Anaheim Cast Members.
The Cast Members planning to protest are planning to march today at 2:00 pm just outside of Walt Disney World property, a move that seems to be influenced by the upcoming deadline for them to have received the first dose of the vaccine (which is this Saturday, September 17.) The Cast Members involved and union organizers say the company fire those who refuse to get vaccinated (and presumably those who are not vaccinated by the set deadlines.)
There are numerous reasons being cited by those Cast Members who are resistant to the COVID-19 vaccine, including concerns over the vaccine’s side effects and impacts to their healthy, a belief that they are naturally immune to the virus, religious reasons, and worries that a business/government entity is gaining some control over their health.
The Walt Disney Company has been following health guidelines shared by scientists, epidemiologists, and the CDC as well as state and local government mandates, and as a result supports the use of COVID-19 vaccines to slow the spread of the virus and ultimately keep more people safe. The Company’s support of vaccines has even led to Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s inclusion in meetings with President Biden to discuss strategies on how to get more Americans vaccinated against the virus.
Currently the Walt Disney World Resort has dropped most COVID-19 restrictions in the parks with the notable exceptions of masks being required indoors and while on transportation, and the parks reservation system which appears to be here to stay (at least for now).
Update, 5:08 pm: It appears only about 25 Cast Members in total showed up for the protest.