Fox News Media is reportedly requesting vaccination status information from its employees 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.
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.”
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.
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.