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- Streaming platform and production studio Netflix has mandated vaccinations for employees working on production sets.
- The union SAG-AFTRA recently permitted producers to implement vaccine mandates on a case-by-case basis.
- Both public and private sector groups are exploring mandatory vaccination requirements following new CDC mask guidelines.
Netflix is now the latest major company to require a mandatory vaccination policy and will become the first Hollywood studio to mandate a COVID-19 vaccination for employees on its U.S. production sets.
A report from Deadline first confirmed that the streaming giant will require its production teams and other partners to require vaccinations for employees working in “Zone A,” or the main set alongside actors and other key staff. The Hill has reached out for comment.
Hollywood studios are just one of the major industries under pressure to make working areas safe as the delta variant spreads among unvaccinated communities. The Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) union has been at the helm of guiding movie studios and production companies on how to safely reopen operations. In mid-July, the group issued updated safety protocols, permitting producers to implement mandatory vaccination policies for the cast and crew in Zone A.
Netflix will reportedly implement this policy across its U.S. production sets.
Exceptions to this policy will reportedly be “rare” and reserved for those with medical or religious reasons.
This decision comes as all 50 states are recording notable increase in new COVID-19 infections amid plateauing vaccination rates. With these outbreaks threatening more surges in hospitalizations and fatalities, medical professionals and government agencies alike are calling for mandatory vaccinations for select employees.
A litany of medical professional associations and institutions called for health care employees to be vaccinated, while the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs became the first government body to institute a vaccine mandate for its health care professionals.
President Biden is also working to incentivize more Americans to build immunity to the virus and get vaccinated, urging local governments to offer $100 to every newly vaccinated person.
Silicon Valley giant Google also made headlines this week as it will now require all employees returning to its offices to get fully vaccinated.
Many of these policies were implemented following new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that recommend that even fully vaccinated people should wear masks at some public indoor locations as the delta variant continues its spread.