Disney World puts vax mandates on hold

Disney World near Orlando, Florida, operated by Walt Disney Co., has suspended its COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

The move comes amid the Biden administration’s vaccination rule, which requires businesses with at least 100 employees to require staff to be vaccinated or tested weekly and wear face coverings at work.

Asked about the Fox 35 TV report, which mentions a cast member at the resort complex, a Disney spokesperson said by email: “We believe our approach to mandatory vaccines has been the right one as we have continued to focus to the safety and well-being of our Cast Members and Guests, and to date, more than 90 percent of active Florida-based Cast Members have already verified that they are fully vaccinated.”

Walt Disney Co. executives, along with United Parcel Service Inc and others, met with White House officials last month to discuss President Joe Biden’s vaccine needs plan for private sector workers, fearing it could widen labor shortages and could exacerbate supply chain problems.

In addition, vaccine mandates are highly controversial in the US. Proponents say they are helping end the nearly two-year coronavirus pandemic, while opponents claim they are violating the US Constitution and curbing individual freedom.

Biden made the demand in September, telling Americans that “we are running out of patience” with those who refuse to be vaccinated.

Walt Disney Co. had mandated vaccination for all of its on-site salaried and non-union workers in the US on July 30, as the highly contagious Delta strain caused a resurgence during that time.

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