Netflix has become the first major Hollywood studio to require immunizations for all of its U.S. cast members and those who come into contact with them on site. According to my sources, the streamer has just informed its production teams and partners that everyone working in “Zone A,” which includes the performers and others who work in close proximity to them, will be required to get vaccines.
Producers can choose to impose mandatory vaccination policies for cast and crew in Zone A on a production-by-production basis under the new return-to-work procedures agreed upon by Hollywood unions and major studios last week. The required vaccination policy has been embraced by several productions, such as the Starz/UCP series Gaslit. In the United States, Netflix is making it mandatory.
Under the current return-to-work rules, the vaccine mandate is the most stringent action Netflix may impose. There have been calls to extend the necessity for vaccinations beyond Zone A. Last week, Deadline reported that actor and campaigner Sean Penn will not return to work on Gaslit until the entire crew has been inoculated against the virus.