Union Cast Members Now Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccination

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It’s no secret that COVID cases are on the rise in Orange County, where much of Walt Disney World is located. Currently, Orange County is under a state of emergency. Orlando has urged residents and Guests to use less water as the COVID case increase has resulted in a liquid oxygen shortage. Even Disney’s firefighters are battling a COVID outbreak. Walt Disney World previously announced they are requiring all Cast Members and employees to receive the COVID 19 vaccine. The only Cast Members previously excluded from the mandatory vaccination were the Union Cast Members. After negotiations between Disney and the Service Trades Council Union, it has been decided that the mandatory COVID 19 vaccination has been extended to include union Cast Members as well.

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Reporter Ashley Carter shared via Twitter: “The Service Trades Council Union, which is comprised of six unions representing Disney World employees, has reached an agreement with Disney World on COVID-19 vaccine requirements”. The following image was included in her tweet:

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As the Coronavirus cases increase, Walt Disney World Resort is still anticipating large crowds in the next couple of months are they prepare for their 50th Anniversary, “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” on October 1. Disney continues to push on with news of incoming experiences like the Disney Genie, new nighttime spectaculars at both Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, and even the return of buffets. While Disney Guests are still required to wear a mask while indoors, Disney recently updated their face cover policy to show that Guests can remove masks on outdoor attractions, in outdoor theaters, and while in an outdoor queue. Has the rise of COVID-19 cases in Central Florida changed your vacation plans at all? Do you feel better as a Guest knowing all theme park Cast Members are required to be vaccinated? We’ll keep sharing details as Disney releases more information about the mandatory vaccination of Union Cast Members.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.