Fox News Media is reportedly requesting vaccination status information from its employees to be uploaded to human resources in an effort to increase its COVID-19 safety protocols, according to a newly released memo.
“As all of you know, the health and safety of our employees has been our priority at Fox News Media since the start of the global pandemic 17 months ago. Whether at work or home, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on all of our lives,” the memo read.
Employees were asked to upload their vaccination status into the company’s human resources program Workday by Aug. 17. In addition, selected staff members are tested every Monday and Thursday, according to the memo.
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New York employees are mask-optional for vaccinated staff members. Further, “All employees and vendors are required to complete a daily screening ahead of reporting to work.”
Breitbart News also reported, “Breitbart News also reviewed a separate Fox News Media memo reportedly from Human Resources, which appeared to ask contributors to upload their vaccination status no later than August 24.”
The reported noted the memo said, “Understanding the vaccination status of our workforce will enable the company to make informed decisions about space planning, health and safety guidelines, COVID-19 procedures, and other important policies designed to keep our community safe and healthy.”
Not Required Yet
So far, vaccinations are not required, though vaccination status is. The health privacy concerns could be an issue for employees at the media company traditionally known for its conservative values.
While some of the media company’s hosts have come out in strong support of vaccination, others have spoken out against vaccine requirements. Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity have both argued against vaccine passports that required proof of vaccination status.
In New York City, proof of vaccination has become a requirement for many locations, including restaurants, bars and gyms. The new expectation at Fox News seems to come close to following the city’s strong restrictions.
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday, “The measures are also fraught with complications, as restaurant servers, bartenders and ticket agents become the frontline enforcers for vaccination rules. Skittish about losing business, but mindful that another economic shutdown could be disastrous, some restaurant and bar owners are embracing the the mandates as a way to control the virus and keep their doors open.”
It added, “Others — particularly in parts of the city where people have resisted getting the vaccine — worry it will be a fatal blow to businesses that were prevented for months last year from serving patrons indoors.”
The changes reveal the new situation at Fox News as it seeks to show support for vaccinations, though the effort will certainly anger some of its employees and viewers who see the move as politically motivated or as a privacy overreach.