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By Danielle Kaye
(Reuters) – All Washington Post employees must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment by mid-September, with the exception of medical and religious concerns, editor Fred Ryan said in a memo to staff on Tuesday.
The newspaper’s new vaccination policy comes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the United States attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant.
US companies are deciding how and when to reopen offices amid the proliferation of the variant. Apple (NASDAQ 🙂 announced last week that the company is postponing reopening its offices until October – a month later than planned – as cases increase.
The newspaper, owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos, plans to reopen its offices to all employees on September 13, three days a week, and employees will have to provide proof of vaccination by then, Ryan said.
Contractors and guests entering the Washington Post offices must also provide proof of vaccination.
“While the overwhelming majority of Post employees have already provided proof of vaccination, I am not taking this decision lightly,” Ryan said in the memo.
“However, given the serious health problems and real safety concerns of so many Post employees, I think the plan is the right one.”
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