Aug.5 (Reuters) – News company CNN fired three of its employees for coming to the office unvaccinated against COVID-19 last week, according to a memo sent to internal staff on Thursday.
In the note seen by Reuters, President Jeff Zucker told employees the company has a zero tolerance policy in such cases and requires its employees to be vaccinated to come to the office or work in the field with other employees. .
“Everyone in the news, sports and studios who come in now and into the future should be vaccinated. We’ve been clear about this for months, so there should be no confusion,” the memo said. .
Showing proof of vaccination can now become a formal part of the hiring process, CNN said, unlike an earlier honor system.
In addition, CNN has decided to postpone the September 7 return date in the United States to mid-October due to the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country and has made masks mandatory in its spaces. work from Los Angeles, Washington DC and Atlanta, Zucker said in the note.
However, he did not disclose the location of the office where the incident took place.
Several companies across the United States have changed their plans for vaccinations, masking and return to the office due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the country and the announcement of new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that requires fully vaccinated people to wear masks. Read more
CNN has currently opened most of its offices for employees who wish to work there voluntarily, provided they are fully immunized.
Reporting by Anirudh Saligrama in Bangalore; Editing by Rashmi Aich
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