Why Does Hollywood Not Want the COVID Vaccine Right Now?
By Movieguide® Staff
As Pfizer and Moderna begin the process to rollout COVID-19 vaccines, the entertainment industry said that they will take a backseat to other industries in regards to access to the vaccine, at least for the time being.
The entertainment industry is confident in its established safety systems. According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers foresee that current COVID-19 health and safety protocols, which unions and studios agreed upon in April, will continue through 2021 regardless of a vaccine.
The industry wants to avoid preferential treatment as the entertainment industry is often labeled as hypocritical and elitist.
On-set safety protocols ruled in 2020, and many in the entertainment industry do not see the regulations changing in 2021. Due to the new status quo and heightened political polarization, industry leaders are not lobbying for priority access to the vaccine.
“We haven’t gotten any news about, like, suddenly as an industry we’ll have access to vaccines that others won’t. And I don’t think that’s something that we would buy into,” Momita Sengupta, Netflix’s VP of physical production, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Johonniuss Chemweno, the CEO of VIP StarNetwork, which provides COVID-related health services for clients like Netflix and Amazon, said: “There are a lot of moving parts. Even if it was rolled out, people would have to consent.”
Whether all studios can require all employees to receive a shot and who would be at the front of the line has yet to be determined.
Actress Letitia Wright expressed her concern about the vaccine over her Twitter account. The Christian actress deleted her account shortly afterward.
On the other hand, Kevin Bacon told The Hollywood Reporter that he is excited to get a shot as soon as health workers receive their vaccines.
“Poke the more important people first, but then when it’s my turn, I’m ready to go. Poke away,” Bacon said.