COVID-19: CNN sacks three unvaccinated staffers

CNN fires three employees for entering its New York headquarters without vaccination for protection against COVID-19.

However this came in a memo from the cable news network’s president.

“In the past week, we have been made aware of three employees who were coming to the office unvaccinated,”

said the memo sent to CNN staff on Thursday, August 5 and obtained by the Times.

“All three have been terminated. Let me be clear — we have a zero-tolerance policy on this,” added the memo.

“You need to be vaccinated to come to the office. And you need to be vaccinated to work in the field,

with other employees, regardless of whether you enter an office or not. Period.”

Also, There was no revelevation of the names of the employees on dismissal,

according to two staffers at the WarnerMedia unit.

However, Vaccinated employees have been allowed to return to CNN offices voluntarily.

More on CNN Vaccination

WarnerMedia Passcard requires employees to attest to vaccinations but showing vaccine cards

has not been mandatory.

Furthermore, Zucker wrote that the return date “no longer feels appropriate”

given the rise in Covid cases across the country.

He also projected new return date of mid-October.

“We always said that we would be flexible with our decisions on all of this – as evidenced by the

recent change to the Atlanta date,” he wrote. “This is another example of that.

As new informations are available, we are constantly evaluating our decisions.”

Zucker also said that there will be requirements for employees in Washington, Los Angeles, and Atlanta to wear masks in the office.

He wrote that “it goes without saying that even in places that we don’t mandate it,

anyone who wants to wear a mask should absolutely do so.

These decisions can be very personal for people – no two situations are the same.

Everyone should do what feels most comfortable for them,

without any fear of retaliation or judgment from co-workers.”

By Taiyelolu A

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