CNN has fired three employees for entering its New York headquarters without being
vaccinated for protection against the Coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a memo
from the cable news network’s president.CNN chief Jeff Zucker
Let me be clear – we have a zero-tolerance policy on this,” Mr. Zucker, chairman of
news and sports for WarnerMedia are quoted as saying.
In May the US government said it was legal for employers to require staff attending
the workplace in person to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Major airlines Delta and United Airlines are requiring new employees to show proof
of vaccination, while investment bank Goldman Sachs is requiring its employees to
disclose their vaccination status, although does not require staff to be vaccinated, AP
President Biden has ordered two million federal employees to show proof of
vaccination or be subject to mandatory testing and mask-wearing.
Companies throughout the country are taking a harder line on allowing unvaccinated
individuals to work.
More than 150 people at Houston Methodist resigned or were fired
after the hospital system required a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment.
Several media organizations -including CBS News, where staffers work closely
side by side – require visitors to show proof of vaccination before entering a company
facility. About a third of CNN’s news personnel are working on-site after more than
a year of working remotely because of the pandemic.
Employees are allowed to return to the office two weeks after completing the
vaccination process. (tca/dpa/NAN)