Conversations are in progress between Amazon Studios executives and the entirety of the studio’s upcoming U.S.- based series productions about making Covid vaccinations for actors as well as the individuals who come into contact with them on set required.
It would require everybody working in “Zone A,” which comprises of the actors and those working in close proximity to them, to get vaccinated. The mandate would apply to every upcoming production, not those that are at present shooting, and uncommon exemptions — generally dependent on disability or religious beliefs — would be considered.
The new re-visitation of work protocols agreed upon by the Hollywood unions and significant studios last month give producers “the option to implement mandatory vaccination policies for casts and crew in Zone A on a production-by-production basis.”
Amazon Studios would join Netflix which recently adopted a blanket mandatory vaccination policy for the Zone A personnel on the entirety of their U.S. productions with comparative exemptions.
For traditional studios, it’s been to a great extent a case-by-case basis, with Universal Studio Group’ Chicago Med and Gaslit among series that have adopted the protocol.