Netflix announced on Wednesday that it would be requiring proof of COVID vaccination for all working employees working close to the actors on sets in the US – the first major studio to make the jab mandatory.
The ruling will apply to all working in ‘Zone A’, which means the actors and those who come in close proximity to them, Deadline reported.
Last week Hollywood unions and the major film studios met and agreed a new plan for limiting the interruptions caused by the pandemic, which gave producers ‘the option to implement mandatory vaccination policies for casts and crew in Zone A on a production-by-production basis.’
Netflix decided to make the policy routine for all of its US productions.
The vaccine mandate is the strongest measure Netflix could enforce under the current return-to-work protocols, the site reported.
Exemptions for medical, religious or age reasons may apply on Netflix sets, a source told The Hollywood Reporter.
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