News network CNN has fired three of its staff members who came to work without being vaccinated against COVID-19 first.
A memo written by the network’s president Jeff Zucker, outlined the reasons why this drastic decision was taken.
Axios reports that CNN has a zero-tolerance policy on coronavirus vaccinations and noted that employees showing proof of having had the vaccine may soon become part of the process of entering network buildings.
While the memo didn’t state at which office the fired employees worked at, Zucker said that “all employees 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”.
According to federal law, companies in the United States are allowed to require workers to get vaccinated.
While CNN’s New York-based employees won’t have to wear masks in the office because it’s not required by that state, employees in the CNN offices located in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Atlanta all have to wear face masks when at the office.
According to the United States’ Centre for Disease Control, almost 50% of the country’s population has been fully vaccinated.
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