The Washington Post will require all employees to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they plan to return to the newspaper’s newsroom this fall. The policy was announced to staffers in a memo sent by Publisher Fred Ryan.
“In the many conversations I have had with Post employees across all departments, I have heard the genuine concerns they have for themselves and their families with new COVID variants emerging,” Ryan wrote. “Accordingly, our plan is to require all Washington Post employees to demonstrate proof of full COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment beginning with our September 13 office return.”
Ryan added that the policy would make “accommodations” only for “those with documented medical conditions and religious concerns.” Employees with “genuine medical and religious concerns” will need to document them with the company’s human resources team, he said.
The Washington Post, like several other major newsrooms across the U.S., began welcoming back some employees earlier this summer.
The New York Times is expected to begin bringing back most employees to its offices beginning Sept. 7.