According to US media reports, three CNN employees were fired for failing to comply with the network’s coronavirus policy by arriving at work unvaccinated.
CNN President Jeff Zucker said in an internal memo emailed to employees on Thursday and obtained by several US media outlets that the company had become aware of three employees who came to work unvaccinated in the previous week. They were all “terminated.”
In snippets of the memo tweeted by CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy, he said, “Let me be clear — we have a zero-tolerance policy on this.”
The names, positions, and locations of the fired employees were not mentioned in his memo. CNN did not respond to a request for comment right away.
The network had been relying on an honor system in which workers were stabbed but not required to show proof. However, Zucker stated that this could change in the future.
According to the memo, inoculations are required for anyone reporting in the field, working with other employees, or entering the offices.
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The US federal government announced in May that it was legal for employers to require employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19 before physically entering the workplace.
Facebook, Google, and Microsoft have all stated that employees will be required to get vaccinated before returning to their US offices.
As the fast-spreading Delta variant fuels another surge of Covid-19 cases, they are among several major US employers who have recently revised their virus policies, vaccine mandates, or return-to-work dates.
CNN’s company-wide September 7 return-to-work date will likely be postponed until some time in October, according to Zucker’s memo to employees.
He estimates that about a third of the network’s American newsroom staff is currently using the offices on a volunteer basis.