LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Disney has paused its vaccine policy which requires Florida-based employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. New laws passed by Florida’s legislature last week limits employers’ power to require vaccinations, as reported by the AP.
Disney informed employees in a memo on Friday that the requirement had been paused.
“We believe that our approach to mandatory vaccines has been the right one as we’ve continued to focus on the safety and well-being of our Cast Members and Guests, and at this point, more than 90 percent of active Florida-based Cast Members have already verified that they are fully vaccinated. We will address legal developments as appropriate,” Disney said in a statement Monday afternoon.
Disney employees who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear face coverings and observe social distancing.
In addition, the company has paused consideration of vaccine exemption requests, the newspaper reported. Also, employees who have not finished the vaccine verification process will be considered unvaccinated for the time being, the memo said.
The bills signed by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis last Thursday require companies to allow workers who agree to regular testing and to wear protective gear to be exempt from required vaccinations. The new laws also allow religious or medical exemptions, which Disney had already included in its mandate, as reported by the AP.