Disney complies with Florida law, forgoes proof of vaccination for employees

by Summer Lane

The “happiest place on earth” takes a step forward toward supporting medical freedom with encouragement from Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and his newest ban on vaccination mandates. The theme park amended its vaccination policy for employees to comply with Florida state law.

The move comes after Gov. DeSantis last week signed new legislation to immediately protect Floridian’s jobs by banning Covid vaccination as a requirement for employment.

In July, The Walt Disney Company announced that it would mandate Covid vaccines for all employees in the U.S. According to a report from WFLA 8, all salaried and non-union hourly employees working at “any site” in the United States had to be fully vaccinated, per an official statement from Disney:

“Employees who aren’t already vaccinated and are working on-site will have 60 days from today to complete their protocols and any employees still working from home will need to provide verification of vaccination prior to their return, with certain limited exceptions. We have also begun conversations around this topic with the unions representing our employees under collective bargaining agreements. In addition, all new hires will be required to be fully vaccinated before beginning employment.”

Christina Pushaw, press secretary for the governor, reported on Twitter that Disney had amended their previously-strict stance on vaccination requirements for employees to comply with DeSantis’ new law. “Nobody should lose his or her job over COVID vaccine mandates,” Pushaw said, “and we thank legislative leaders for their part in delivering on the promise to Keep Florida Free.”

Gov. DeSantis’ bold action to obstruct tyrannical vaccine mandates and protect Floridians’ jobs comes on the heels of a legal victory for proponents of personal liberty and medical freedom. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced this week that they would suspend implementation of Joe Biden’s nationwide vaccine mandate after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit swiftly blocked it.

Pushaw continued in her statement: “Disney is a major employer in Florida, and we are proud that the ‘happiest place on earth’ is here in our state. Governor DeSantis’ leadership is saving countless job and livelihoods before this holiday season. We hope Disney and any other company that has suspended or terminated workers due to vaccine mandates will consider re-hiring them.”

The Florida governor’s approach to combatting vaccine mandates in the private sector is proving to be very successful so far. In a country that is radically bogged down with inflation and unemployment going into the Christmas season, Florida continues to take steps toward securing personal liberty and individual freedom for its citizens.

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