For a lot of people, Walt Disney World truly is one of the best places to work. There are new reports that say Disney is offering cast members Covid-19 vaccines, which should help bring a sigh of relief for both cast members and guests. However, appointments are limited at this time. Here’s what you need to know.
Walt Disney World Is Making Covid-19 Vaccinations Available For Workers
According to new reports, an email sent to cast members stated that the Pfizer vaccine will be available for those on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments – which are limited as of press time – can be booked through Disney’s internal health services scheduling website. What’s more, the vaccine will also be available for Florida-based Disney cast members who are both working or furloughed.
“Our Health Services team administers other vaccines to Cast and has the expertise and infrastructure in place to aid in this effort so we gladly agreed,” Walt Disney World said in a new statement.
Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle even posted photos on Instagram thanking the health services team at Disney for their hard work throughout the pandemic. The theme park company also confirmed that they are assisting local and state health departments in vaccine efforts.
“Sending a big thanks to our amazing Walt Disney World Health Services team as they provide Cast with another option to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. We are so pleased to help Central Florida in its continued fight to beat the virus,” Vahle wrote on the post.
What’s more, a union that represents many employees at Walt Disney World, Local 362, said that employees will get paid for getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
They said to qualify, your vaccination must be complete, meaning you received a single-dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. It also must be done between January 1st and September 30th.
“Cast members are expected to notify their leader as soon as the appointment is scheduled but no later than before the start of their scheduled shift,” Local 362 said.
This is great news as vaccination counts are on the rise while infections are on the decline. Walt Disney World opened its doors back up again in July of last year without any Covid-19 virus breakouts.
In the meantime, Disney is keeping its guests safe by implementing these Covid-19 protocols:
- Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming. You may temporarily remove your face covering while actively eating, drinking or taking an outdoor photo.
- You will be required to undergo a temperature screening with no-touch thermometers before entry to some locations at Walt Disney World Resort, including the Walt Disney World theme parks, the Disney Springs area and table-service restaurants at Disney Resort hotels.
- Temperature screenings are required for entry to some locations. You will be required to undergo a temperature screening with no-touch thermometers before entry to some locations at Walt Disney World Resort, including the Walt Disney World theme parks, the Disney Springs area and table-service restaurants at Disney Resort hotels.