Netflix will require its actors and some crew members in the United States to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a measure taken as the Delta variant continues to spread across the country.
Deadline first reported that the streaming media giant recently notified its production team that it will require actors and staff working in “A Zone” production in the United States to be vaccinated. The deadline describes that this classification includes actors and people in close contact with them. According to the report, Netflix plans to make some exceptions to the new vaccination policy, including age, medical and religious reasons.
Netflix confirmed the transfer to The Verge but declined to comment further. Companies such as Facebook and Google have taken similar measures against employees returning to the office. President Joe Biden is expected to announce on Thursday that federal employees will need to be vaccinated or vaccinated. Agree to test regularly. At the same time, it is reported that Apple is planning to postpone its mandatory resumption of work policy. The company will also begin requesting masks for customers and employees in Apple retail stores, regardless of their vaccination status.
This week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for some vaccinated people, including the urgency of wearing masks in indoor public places in areas with a high incidence of COVID-19. As the highly contagious Delta variant continues to spread, the increase in cases prompted this recommendation, reversing the previous guidance in May.
Netflix is the first major studio to announce a mandatory vaccination policy for its American productions.
Netflix’s decision was driven by the highly contagious variant of Delta during the fourth wave of Covid in the United States, which brought Covid safety back into the focus of attention. Although vaccination is not a panacea (breakthrough infections have emerged in fully vaccinated populations), it is considered an important safeguard along with existing safety protocols (including regular testing, PPE, and social distancing).
Vaccine authorization is the most powerful measure Netflix can implement under the current resumption agreement. There are calls for expanding vaccination requirements beyond Zone A.
The deadline revealed last week that actor and activist Sean Penn will not work in Gaslit again until everyone in the production is vaccinated against the virus.