CNN fired three employees who showed up at work unvaccinated against COVID-19. The employees violated company policy by showing up in person to their place of work without having received the coronavirus vaccine.
President Jeff Zucker sent out a memo letting employees know of the firings and reminded them vaccination is mandatory before they report to the office or in the field. “Let me be clear – we have a zero-tolerance policy on this,” wrote Zucker.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of Zucker’s memo and CNN reporter Oliver Darcy tweeted its contents. The memo gave no details about who the fired employees were or where they were based. Thus far, proof of vaccination has been left to the honor system, said Zucker, but that likely will change soon.
In addition to vaccination, Zucker announced masks are required in Atlanta, Washington and Los Angeles offices when employees aren’t eating, drinking or in an enclosed private space. The memo also announced that the planned company-wide return on September 7th has been delayed until at least early to mid-October.
The Washington Post reported that president Joe Biden is considering withholding federal funds from cruise ships, universities, care homes and other institutions as a means to pressure Americans to get vaccinated and for employers to mandate vaccinations for workers.