Netflix To Require Covid Vaccinations For Actors & Other Zone A Personnel On Its U.S. Productions

The new Return-To-Work protocols agreed upon by the Hollywood unions and major studios last week gave producers “the option to implement mandatory vaccination policies for casts and crew in Zone A on a production-by-production basis.”
Deadline revealed last week that actor and activist Sean Penn won't return to work on Gaslit until everyone on the production has been vaccinated for the virus.” />
Netflix is making it standard across the board in the U.S. Some productions, like the Starz/UCP series Gaslit, have adopted the mandatory vaccination policy.
I hear the streamer just informed its production teams and partners that it will be requiring vaccinations for everyone working in "Zone A," which consists of the actors and those who come in close proximity to them.
I hear the streamer aims to keep exceptions very rare, including for medical, religious or age reasons, and possibly in a few cases for series and films that are already in production.
There have been calls to expand the vaccination requirement beyond Zone A. The vaccine mandate is the strongest measure Netflix could enforce under the current Return To Work protocols.
While vaccination is not a silver bullet — there have been breakthrough infections for fully vaccinated people — it is considered a crucial safeguard alongside existing safety protocols including regular testing, PPE and social distancing. Netflix's decision comes amid a fourth Covid wave in the U.S. fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant, which brought Covid safety on set back to the forefront.
productions, as well as those who come into contact with them on set. EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has become the first major Hollywood studio to implement a blanket policy mandating vaccinations for the casts of all of its U.S.

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