White House Praises Fox for 90% Staff Vaccination, Daily Testing (Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)
By Charlie McCarthy | Thursday, 16 September 2021 09:09 AM
The White House commended Fox Corporation on Tuesday night for reaching a 90% COVID-19 vaccination rate among full-time employees.
Fox's chief human resources officer told staffers about the milestone earlier in the day, and said the company will start giving daily COVID tests to those who are not vaccinated, The Wrap reported.
"Today's news from Fox News follows a trend we’re seeing across the country: vaccination and testing requirements work," a White House spokesperson told CNN.
"We are glad they have stepped up to protect their workforce and strengthen the economy, and we encourage them convey to their audience that these types of practices will protect their employees, their communities, and the economy."
President Joe Biden, last week in announcing vaccine mandates for federal workers and businesses, cited Fox News as a company that already had implemented the kind of requirements he was unveiling to the nation.
Business Insider reported that Fox's employee COVID-19 policy, though similar to Biden's, was not quite as far-reaching as the administration's rules.
The conservative-leaning network does not have a full vaccine mandate. Instead, Fox Corp. requires employees to submit their vaccination status to the company.
Fox also requires all unvaccinated employees to wear a mask and social distance at all times while working on-site.
"Following our request for employees to upload their vaccination status in our secure system, we are pleased to share that more than 90% of our full-time employees reported that they are fully vaccinated," Kevin Lord, senior vice president of human resources, told Fox employees in a memo, The Hill reported.
"This is important information for our company to know as we continue to implement our phased return to office timing and procedures."
Not all companies have Fox's aggressive COVID policy.
For example, Newsmax's vaccination policies have differed from those of Fox News.
Newsmax encourages all employees to be vaccinated and grants them paid time off to do so. But the company neither requires vaccination nor penalizes employees for not being vaccinated.