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Disney World employee organizes protest against worker vaccine requirement

A nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy's Hospital in London, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. U.K. health authorities rolled out the first doses of a widely tested and independently reviewed COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, starting a global immunization program that is expected to gain momentum as more serums win approval. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)

Some Disney employees joined in protest Friday outside of Disney World. The protest was planned in response to the company mandate that workers get the Covid-19 vaccine.  

At the end of July, Disney announced that non-union employees needed to get vaccinated in the next 60 days, allowing for medical and religious exemptions.

Later, Disney negotiated a similar rule for union workers.

Longtime employee Nick Caturano planned the protest. He’s asking for a moratorium on the mandate.

Here's how he describes his protest: "A bunch of people who are worried about losing their jobs, who are worried about taking this vaccine, coming together and supporting each other and trying to reach out to Disney to reasonably consider things."

Their anti-vaccine message is getting blocked on social media.

"So we're using today's gathering as a way to get some press coverage and as a way to let other cast members know they're not alone and they're not crazy," Caturano said.

Vaccines are safe and effective in fighting the pandemic, which has claimed more than 50,000 lives in Florida.

Joe Byrnes came to Central Florida Public Media from the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as a reporter and editor for several years. Joe graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and turned to journalism after teaching. He enjoys freshwater fishing and family gatherings.