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By Danielle Kaye
(Reuters) – All Washington Post employees will be required to provide proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination by mid-September as a condition of employment, with exceptions for medical and religious concerns, editor Fred Ryan announced Tuesday in a memo to staff.
The document’s new vaccination policy comes amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant.
American companies are navigating how and when to reopen offices amid the spread of the variant. Apple (NASDAQ 🙂 announced last week that the company is delaying the reopening of its office until October, a month later than planned, as cases increase.
The newspaper, owned by billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos, plans to reopen its offices to all employees for three days a week on Sept. 13, and employees must show proof of vaccination by then, Ryan said.
Contractors and guests entering Washington Post offices will also need to show proof of vaccination.
“Even though the vast majority of Post employees have already provided proof of vaccination, I do not make this decision lightly,” Ryan said in the memo.
“However, when considering the serious health concerns and genuine safety concerns of so many postal workers, I think the plan is the right one.”
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