Fox News told employees to report vaccination status –

Published On: Thu, Aug 19th, 2021

Fox News told employees to report vaccination status

On his Fox News show Wednesday evening, Sean Hannity said the Covid-19 vaccine is “not protecting many people” while interviewing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Just a day earlier, the producers of that segment were required by the day’s end to upload their vaccination status to the company’s internal system.

As some Fox News stars continue to question the efficacy of the Covid vaccines, the company has drawn its own line: mandating employees to tell the network if they have been vaccinated, according to an internal memo first published by AdWeek. It is not, however, requiring to employees to be vaccinated to come into the offices.

A Fox News spokesperson declined to comment.

CEO Suzanne Scott said in the memo that the mandate applies to all employees, including those working remotely.

“This is being done for space planning and contact tracing purposes in conjunction with CDC/state/city health and safety guidelines,” Scott wrote in the memo.

Fox News has also said masks are optional for vaccinated individuals but will be required for all in “small, confined spaces” like control rooms.

Some Fox News hosts have been criticized for minimizing the effects of Covid in its early days and more recently for turning vaccinations into a political fight by pushing back on President Joe Biden’s efforts to get Americans vaccinated.

Hannity has wavered in his support of the vaccine. In January, he said he was “having doubts” about getting it. In March, he said “nobody should be pressured” to get vaccinated. Last month, he said it “absolutely makes sense for many Americans to get vaccinated. I believe in science, I believe in the science of vaccination.”

His comments Wednesday signaled another shift when he said “the science shows the vaccine will not necessarily protect you.”

The vaccines remain highly effective against severe illness and death from the delta variant, which accounts for nearly all new coronavirus cases in the U.S.

Still, the network has maintained its Covid precautions. Despite host Tucker Carlson calling vaccine passports “medical Jim Crow,” the network implemented its own this summer called Fox Clear Pass, allowing vaccinated people to enjoy different privileges than their unvaccinated colleagues.

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