International cable news network, CNN, has dismissed three employees for entering its New York headquarters without being vaccinated against Covid-19.
According to a memo from the network’s president to CNN staff on Thursday: “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.
“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 an office or not. Period.”
The names of the dismissed employees were not revealed, according to two staffers at the WarnerMedia unit.
Vaccinated employees have been allowed to return to CNN offices voluntarily, reported the Times.
They have used the honour system to confirm their vaccination status through the company’s pass-card system and have not been asked to show proof.
Mr Zucker disclosed that might change in the weeks ahead, revealing that CNN “is delaying a formal return date to the office,” located at Hudson Yards on the west side of Manhattan.
Employees were expected to return on September 7, but due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, largely caused by unvaccinated persons, the date was pushed to mid-October.