Netflix requires COVID-19 for actors and other “Zone A” workers
Netflix prides itself on being ahead of the curve. And they don’t want COVID-19 to slow down their productions.
With productions back on track, Hollywood desperately wants to return to normal. If you have a production schedule like Netflix, this is what you have to do. You released over 70 films and hundreds of TV series last year. Shooting is imperative so that you have something new to attract and retain an audience.
To make sure production doesn’t stop, Netflix is trying to ensure that the main actors and people who come in contact with them have the best possible protection from the coronavirus. That means they need to be vaccinated.
The streamer has just informed the production teams and all production partners that vaccinations are required for everyone who works in “Zone A”. Netflix has a zoning system for who works where on the set. Zone A consists of the actors and those who are close to them.
As reported by meeting, there are several new return protocols agreed by the Hollywood unions and major studios. These agreements give producers “the opportunity to implement mandatory vaccination guidelines for actors and crew in Zone A on a production basis.”
Netflix is taking advantage of this and making vaccines mandatory. Even with reports that a booster vaccination may be needed to control the Delta variant, overwhelming science says people who are vaccinated can avoid serious cases of the virus. And I would assume that if boosters are available, Zone A will also be needed to get them.
We’ll wait and see if another studio follows suit.