Workplaces across the U.S. are beginning to crack down on employees who refuse to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
According to Breitbart, three CNN staffers were fired this week for refusing an inoculation — and remarks from the network’s president suggest that more terminations could follow.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy on this”
A series of tweets from Michael M. Grynbaum of The New York Times revealed the news on Thursday.
“Thus far, we have left proof of vaccination to an honor system,” CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker reportedly explained in a memo regarding the corporate policy. “While we have asked for attestation to your status via Passcard, it has not been mandatory to produce a vaccine card.”
Over the course of a week, he noted that three employees were fired for violating the vaccination policy.
“Let me be clear — we have a zero-tolerance policy on this,” Zucker said. “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.”
He went on to predict that “showing vaccination may become a formal part of the WarnerMedia Passcard process,” noting that CNN’s “expectations remain in place.”
“According to local conditions and regulations”
Of course, the cable news network is far from the only major company to impose such requirements on its staff.
Social media firms Facebook and Twitter, for example, are mandating that those who wish to resume working in their offices must present proof of vaccination.
Google is said to be pursuing a similar policy, with CEO Sundar Pichai explaining: “The implementation will vary according to local conditions and regulations, and will not apply until vaccines are widely available in your area.”
Beginning next month, Microsoft will extend its vaccine requirement to vendors and guests entering its facilities. Worksites in the U.S., however, are not slated to fully reopen until October.
A company spokesperson defended the policy in a statement to Fox Business, asserting: “We continue to review the situation on a local basis in each region/country/state where we work and will adjust dates and policies as needed.”