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Washington Post to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for reporters and staff

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By Danielle Kaye

(Reuters) - All Washington Post employees will be required to present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination by mid-September as a condition of employment, with exceptions for medical and religious concerns, Publisher Fred Ryan announced on Tuesday in a memo to staff.

The paper's new vaccination policy comes amid an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the United States attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant.

U.S. companies are navigating how and when to reopen offices amid the spread of the variant. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced last week that the company is delaying its office reopening until October - a month later than planned - as cases surge.

The newspaper, owned by billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos, plans to reopen its offices for all employees for three days per week on Sept. 13, and employees must show vaccination proof by then, Ryan said.

Contractors and guests who enter the Washington Post's offices will also be required to show proof of vaccination.

"Even though the overwhelming majority of Post employees have already provided proof of vaccination, I do not take this decision lightly," Ryan said in the memo.

"However, in considering the serious health issues and genuine safety concerns of so many Post employees, I believe the plan is the right one."

 

 

Washington Post to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for reporters and staff
 

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Kenneth Gold
Kenneth Gold Jul 27, 2021 10:38PM ET
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Singapore, 12th highest vaccinated rate. From the Boston Globe: About 44 percent of the 1,096 locally transmitted infections in the past 28 days in Singapore were among people who had been fully vaccinated and 30 percent were among those partially vaccinated. About 25 percent of cases were among unvaccinated individuals, according to the report.
Terence Williams
Terence Williams Jul 27, 2021 10:31PM ET
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We live in the Twilight Zone..situation normal.
Catherine Varns
Catherine Varns Jul 27, 2021 9:49PM ET
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None of this makes any sense from a public health or legal perspective. Since COVID-19 vaccines do not prevent you from getting/spreading the virus, how do these requirements make sense to anybody? Why should there only be mandatory testing for unvaccinated people if vaccinated people are also spreading the virus? Even within the White House, there was a spreads of the virus from vaccinated people due to the Texas Democrats and Nancy Pelosi's office just in the past couple of weeks. Every other vaccine that is mandated, such as in public schools for children, is because it is the type of vaccine that prevents people from spreading the virus (i.e. once vaccinated, you do not spread the virus even if you are exposed). COVID vaccines are not that type of vaccine, they are simply for symptomatic relief.
Catherine Varns
Catherine Varns Jul 27, 2021 9:49PM ET
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Further, the COVID-19 vaccines are not FDA-approved and they have given vaccine manufactureres legal immunity. I can see why many people are already contacting lawyers regarding these mandates, doubt they are legal. There is no precedence of this for this type of vaccine. There are a massive number of adverse events and deaths already reported in the VAERS system related to COVID-19 vaccines, more than every other vaccine in the system combined.
Joe Ramella
Joe Ramella Jul 27, 2021 9:49PM ET
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Well said Catherine!
kelvin Brin
kelvin Brin Jul 27, 2021 9:49PM ET
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Yea, it only prevents 95% of the people from getting the virus. Totally useless.
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Jul 27, 2021 9:49PM ET
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kelvin Brin That is factually incorrect and not sustained scientifically. Numbers of vaccinated being committed to hospitalization are quite high, and this is well documented - Israel and UK for an example. The 95% is not immunity from the virus, it's survival rate. Which your immune system gives you 99.98% if you are under 49yo. Further, this vaccine has a tremendously high count of side effects and it is not expected to be officially approved after the trial everyone who takes it is in. Risk of auto immune disease and Antibody-Dependent Enhancement, an illness connected with mRNA vaccines is also very high. Some studies point out the vaccines actually help the virus get into you and infect you more efficiently, since your immune system can no longer discriminate from Spike proteins foreign and the ones originated within you.
Colonel Forbin
Colonel Forbin Jul 27, 2021 9:44PM ET
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Jeromes printing press creates *****inflation, need way more covid to keep those printers going to get those tech stocks the oligarchs own to get them new time highs.
Colonel Forbin
Colonel Forbin Jul 27, 2021 9:44PM ET
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Nonsense when you think about it
John Lakran
John Lakran Jul 27, 2021 9:11PM ET
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Does this mean I can mandate Liberal women get their tubes tied as a condition of employment?
CHADWICK RICHINGTON
CHADWICK RICHINGTON Jul 27, 2021 7:50PM ET
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Completely illegal. The jab is not FDA approved
NewB Jr Trader
NewB Jr Trader Jul 27, 2021 7:50PM ET
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Approved for emergency use only which is…. God knows what
Klaus Weyers
Klaus Weyers Jul 27, 2021 7:38PM ET
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am so glad I stopped reading the Post decades ago
NewB Jr Trader
NewB Jr Trader Jul 27, 2021 7:38PM ET
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Just read NYT now?
Rick Baier
Rick Baier Jul 27, 2021 7:36PM ET
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Wait a minute. Isn't this the same Washington post that has posted article after article on my body my choice? Hypocrisy
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Jul 27, 2021 7:33PM ET
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Vaccine fatigue is here. We dont care about your covid and your vaccine anymore. Not as long as you are suppressing 22 effective medications and  the 750 clinical, medical and scientific studies behind them, along with the 500k people treated - c19early.com. they want to keep people under the "variants" narrative for the next years, and climate disaster propaganda is in the oven already. They wont rest until they destroy people's livelihoods and implement debt forgiveness - aka the great reset, and it's totalitarian colors. this wont end unless we start rioting this fall when they come up with increased mortality rates because of the unvaccinated, even though the vaccinated are spreading the disease like crazy.
partick adams
partick adams Jul 27, 2021 7:29PM ET
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How long does the vaccine last? We don't know. Does it have any long term side effects? We don't know. How often do you need boosters? We don't know. Does it stop the spread? No. Does it stop you from getting COVID? No. Do you have to keep wearing a mask? Yes. Is it FDA approved? No. Did the FDA add a warning that the vaccine can cause heart inflammation and auto-immune disease more commonly in younger people? Yes. Can you sue vaccine manufacturers? No. Do young people have less risk with COVID than the common flu? Yes. SOUNDS GREAT! SIGN UP ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY FOR THE EXPERIMENT! IN FACT GIVE THEM FREE DONUTS AND ICE CREAM TO INCENTIVIZE THEM AND FATTEN THEM UP SOME MORE!
Pedro Trost
Pedro Trost Jul 27, 2021 7:27PM ET
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Here we go. They know they wont keep power in 2022 so let the mandates roll.
New Jazenevd
New Jazenevd Jul 27, 2021 7:17PM ET
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Just a beginning of totalitarian state. At the end all employees will be required to show proof of the Party membership.
eiden Michael
eiden Michael Jul 27, 2021 7:14PM ET
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if you have a adverse reaction who's to blame??
Mitchel Pioneer
Mitchel Pioneer Jul 27, 2021 7:02PM ET
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With the predictability of the sunset, the greatest financial fraud in history, and biggest investment JOKE in the world "rallies" at 2PM sharp.  Remarkable how it doesn't tank at 2PM sharp during "rallies."  Fraudulent, criminally manipulated farce.  Assume the position America.
 
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