by Nolan Barton
August 11, 2021
(Natural News) CNN has terminated three of its employees for coming to the office unvaccinated against the coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a memo sent to staff internally by the news media company on Thursday, Aug. 5, CNN President Jeff Zucker told employees that the company has a zero-tolerance policy on such instances and required its employees to be vaccinated to come to the office or to work on the field with other employees.
The memo was obtained by the Associated Press after its contents were first tweeted by CNN reporter Oliver Darcy. The company offered no details on the firings or where the employees were based.
“In the past week, we have been made aware of three employees who were coming to the office unvaccinated. All three have been terminated. Let me be clear – we have a zero-tolerance policy on this,” Zucker said in the memo.
He added that showing proof of vaccination may become a formal part of the process for gaining access to the network’s workplaces in the weeks ahead. (Related: Fauci tells CNN he thinks there “should be more” local COVID-19 vaccine mandates.)
The network is one of several news organizations, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, Politico and Insider, that require staffers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment or if they want to come back to work in person.
In the same memo, Zucker announced that CNN would delay its mandatory return to office from Sept. 7 likely to mid-October due to the surge of COVID-19 cases driven by the highly contagious delta variant. “I think it is fair to say that we are all feeling a mix of anticipation, anxiety, frustration, confusion and exasperation. I get it,” Zucker wrote in the memo.
The rise in delta variant infections has driven many companies in the private sector to reinstate mask mandates and take a harder line on requiring vaccination against COVID-19.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 70.8 percent of Americans 18 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday – with 60.8 percent considered fully vaccinated.
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