EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has become the first major Hollywood studio to implement a blanket policy that imposes vaccinations on the cast of all of its U.S. productions as well as those who come in contact with them on the set.
I hear the streamer has just informed its production teams and partners that it will require vaccinations for everyone working in “Zone A”, which consists of the actors and those who come close to them.
The new Return-to-Work protocols agreed by the Hollywood unions and the major studies last week gave manufacturers “the opportunity to implement mandatory vaccination policies for castes and crews in Zone A on a production-by-production basis.”
Some productions, like the Starz / UCP series Gaslit, has adopted the mandatory vaccination policy. Netflix makes it standard across the board in the United States
I hear that the streamer is intended to keep exceptions very rare, including for medical, religious or age reasons and possibly in a few cases for series and movies that are already in production.
Netflix’s decision comes amid a fourth Covid wave in the United States, driven by the highly contagious Delta variant, which brought Covid security back to the forefront. Although vaccination is not a silver bullet – there have been breakthrough infections for fully vaccinated people – it is considered a crucial protection along with existing safety protocols, including regular testing, PPE and social distance.
The vaccine mandate is the strongest goal Netflix can enforce under current Return To Work protocols. There have been calls to extend the vaccination requirement beyond zone A.
Deadline revealed last week that actor and activist Sean Penn is not returning to work Gaslit until everyone in production has been vaccinated against the virus.
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