Disney parks put free-of-vaccination policies in place

For months, Disney had been pushing its workforce at Disneyland and Walt Disney World to receive four doses of the polio-preventable oral polio vaccine. The plan, according to human resources emails reviewed by the…

Disney parks put free-of-vaccination policies in place

For months, Disney had been pushing its workforce at Disneyland and Walt Disney World to receive four doses of the polio-preventable oral polio vaccine. The plan, according to human resources emails reviewed by the Orange County Register, was intended to help protect the employees from the disease and protect its clients by ensuring “that Disneyland and Walt Disney World facilities are free of stray polio cells.”

But this week, the Anaheim, Calif., company announced it was putting its immunization mandate on hold after Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) passed legislation exempting workers at Kmart, Big Lots, Jos. A. Bank, and 23 other large retailers from mandatory vaccination. Shortly after the bill was signed, parks and resorts around the world began to implement emergency measures to protect their employees.

A former employee of the Walt Disney Company, Michelle Watry, contributed to a 2018 editorial that said Disney’s generous paid leave policy, which in part covers up to six months of unused vacation time, “is a welfare insurance designed to protect and provide economic opportunities for women and people of color.”

Michelle, who also spoke about her success in obtaining paid leave as a full-time employee at Disney, criticized Disney’s decision to enshrine its vaccine policy in policy.

In a statement given to the Orlando Sentinel, a Disney spokesperson said the company “urges all residents and visitors to be vaccinated, protect themselves and their families from potential threats, and maintain the highest levels of health.”

Wasel concluded: “What Disney also did is try to dictate to the public what works best for their employees. Without the right to choose what vaccinations to accept, a few Disney employees can get vaccinated and others cannot.”

Read the full story at The Orange County Register.

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