The Walt Disney Company said Friday it requires all salaried and non-union workers in the US to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by the end of September.
Employees who still work from home must verify their vaccination before returning to Disney sites, including theme parks and offices.
Disney said it has started talks with the unions that represent its other employees, especially those who work in the theme parks.
“Vaccines are the best tool we all have to manage this global pandemic and protect our employees,” the company said in a statement.
The news comes shortly after Disney said it would require theme park guests to wear masks while in indoor locations in domestic theme parks, regardless of vaccine status.
This policy was introduced after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed course and recommended that fully vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in places with high Covid transmission rates. These hot spots include states like California and Florida, where Disney’s US parks are located.
The CDC warned on Thursday that the delta strain sweeping across the country is as contagious as chickenpox. It also has a longer transmission window than the original Covid-19 strain and can make older people sicker even when fully vaccinated.
Other companies that have introduced new vaccination policies include Google, Facebook and Walmart.
Disney has updated its safety policy in line with local health regulations, both nationally and internationally, since the start of the pandemic. Recently, the company began requiring proof of a Covid vaccination or a Covid negative test before entering the Paris-based theme park based on French guidelines.