Netflix becomes the first major studio to require COVID vaccinations for all US productions
- Netflix became the first major studio to mandate vaccines on Wednesday
- The rule applies to everyone who works in ‘Zone A’ – the actors and their loved ones
- Last week, Hollywood’s unions and studios met to agree on a new way of working
- They agreed that producers can mandate COVID vaccinations for everyone in Zone A
- Netflix decided they would implement the schedule for all of their US productions
- Exemptions are granted for rare cases due to medical necessity or age
- Last week, Sean Penn refused to continue filming Gaslit until everyone was vaccinated
- NBCUniversal Said Everything Could Be In Zone A, But Penn Demanded Everyone
Netflix announced on Wednesday that it will require proof of COVID vaccination for anyone working close to the actors on set — the first major studio to mandate the jab.
The ruling applies to anyone who works in ‘Zone A’ i.e. the actors and those who come close to them, Deadline reported.
Last week, the unions of Hollywood and the major movie studios met and agreed on a new plan to limit the disruption caused by the pandemic, which gave producers the opportunity to implement mandatory cast and crew vaccination policies in Zone A on a production site. per-production basis .’
Netflix decided to create the policy routine for all of its US productions.
Adam Sandler can be seen during the filming of the new Netflix movie Hustle on the streets of Philadelphia. The crew on set can all be seen wearing face masks and Sandler also wears a mask in between takes. Netflix has now made vaccinations mandatory for all actors and their loved ones
The Netflix logo is displayed in front of the Albuquerque Studios, also known as Q Studios
The vaccine mandate is the strongest measure Netflix can enforce under current return to work protocols, the site reported.
Exemptions for medical, religious or age reasons may apply to Netflix sets, a source reports The Hollywood Reporter.
In addition, shows and movies already in production at Netflix may be able to continue even if certain members of the production have not been vaccinated — although those exceptions are expected to be rare.
There are calls from the industry to expand the vaccination requirement beyond Zone A.
Sean Penn announced last week that he would not be returning to the set of the Watergate drama Gaslit, in which he stars alongside Julia Roberts, until the entire cast and crew have been vaccinated.
Sean Penn can be seen at the Cannes Film Festival on July 11. He returned from the event and insisted that he not return to filming until the entire production was vaccinated.
Penn said he would like to help vaccinate the cast and crew for free through his CORE organization – Community Organized Relief Effort
NBCUniversal said they would push for vaccinations for everyone in Zone A, but Penn said that wasn’t good enough and the entire production team needed to be vaccinated.
The current status of filming was unclear. Penn reportedly had several weeks of filming to complete.
The Oscar-winning actor has offered to facilitate the vaccination effort for free through his aid organization CORE.
The move comes amid growing concerns about the spread of the Delta variant.
Los Angeles County became the first in the nation to re-impose mask mandates on July 17. St. Louis, Missouri and Savannah, Georgia have since followed suit. In Las Vegas, employees are again required to wear face masks, although guests are not required to do so.
Anna Chlumsky can be seen on the film set of the Netflix show ‘Inventing Anna’, in October 2020
On Wednesday, Twitter announced it was closing its two largest offices – in New York City and San Francisco – due to the increase in business.
Twitter opened its offices two weeks ago and demanded vaccination certificates for all employees who wanted to return to the office.
Earlier, Google and Facebook said they would require proof of vaccination for all people returning to the office in October.