CNN announced on Thursday it had fired three employees for refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, citing the company’s zero-tolerance policy on the issue.
A memo by CNN’s Jeff Zucker noted, “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 the office or not. Period.”
It added, “We expect in the weeks ahead, showing vaccination may become a formal part of the WarnerMedia Passcard process.”
CNN terminated “three employees who were coming to the office unvaccinated,” per memo from Jeff Zucker. “We have a zero-tolerance policy on this.”
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CNN ranks among a growing number of businesses now requiring its employees to receive vaccination for the coronavirus.
A Wednesday NBC News report listed many companies in a new report that now require vaccination. Among those listed included Anthem, Cisco, Delta Air Lines and Facebook.
The report included a statement from Facebook saying, “As our offices reopen, we will be requiring anyone coming to work at any of our U.S. campuses to be vaccinated,” said Lori Goler, vice president, people.
“How we implement this policy will depend on local conditions and regulations.”
More Problems at CNN
The news comes as the network has been panned by conservative in recent weeks over its lower viewership numbers.
Breitbart News reported “that for the full week of July 26, CNN had only an average of 706,000 viewers during their primetime hours. Fox News ranked first with 1.986 million and MSNBC ranked second with 1.127 million.”
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CNN will likely not be the only media group to require proof of vaccination. However, the network also faces other difficult issues that continue to make work challenging for its employees.