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06th Aug 2021

CNN fires three workers who turned up unvaccinated

Charlie Herbert

It is mandatory for the company’s employees to be vaccinated.

Three CNN employees have been fired after they violated company policy by turning up to work without being vaccinated against Covid-19.

In a memo sent on Thursday, CEO chief Jeff Zucker told staff members of the firing, and reminded them that vaccines were mandatory if they come to the office or are out in the field where they come into contact with other employees.

Zucker wrote: “In the past week, we have been made aware of three employees who were coming to the office unvaccinated.

“All three have been terminated. Let me be clear — we have a zero-tolerance policy on this.”

The memo was seen by the Associated Press, with its contents tweeted by CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy. CNN offered no details on the firings, or where the employees were based.

The memo also confirmed that the company was postponing its September 7 return-to-office date.

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Most of CNN’s offices are open on a voluntary basis, and more than a third of news staff members have reportedly returned.

Masks will be required in the company’s offices in Atlanta, Washington and Los Angeles when people aren’t eating, drinking or in an enclosed private space.

In offices where face masks are not compulsory, Zucker said people should still do what feels comfortable to them “without any fear of retaliation or judgment from co-workers.”