In an internal memo sent to employees Thursday, which was leaked to various media outlets, CNN CEO Jeff Zucker explained that the network was told that three of its employees had come into the office without vaccinations last week. Zucker announced that all three had been released.
“I would like to be clear: We have zero tolerance for this” – was to be part of the note, quoted CNN journalist Oliver Darcy on Twitter. The memo did not mention the names or positions of the dismissed workers. CNN also failed to respond to an AFP request for comment.
Zucker says his station created a system of trust by requiring workers to vaccinate, but without having to prove it. announced but this may change in the future. The station chief said in a note that the vaccine is mandatory for everyone working in the field, in contact with other employees or at CNN headquarters.
In May, the US government decided that employers can legally require workers to be vaccinated in the workplace against COVID-19. Tech giants, including Facebook, Google and Microsoft, have said their employees can be vaccinated before returning to work in their offices.
Zucker also announced that the return of his employees to work, scheduled for September 7, will be postponed to October, but he did not specify the exact date. Today, about a third of CNN’s newsroom employees work on-site on a volunteer basis, AFP reports.
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