- Neil Cavuto has been with Fox News since its launch in 1996.
- He has battled multiple sclerosis, cancer, and heart disease.
- Fox News requires employees to be vaccinated or undergo daily testing for COVID-19.
Fox News host Neil Cavuto said Tuesday being vaccinated had saved his life, a statement that came alongside the announcement he had tested positive for COVID-19.
“While I’m somewhat stunned by this news, doctors tell me I’m lucky as well,” Cavuto, who has been with the network for 25 years, said in a statement released by his employer. “Had I not been vaccinated, and with all my medical issues, this would be a far more dire situation.”
Fox News requires all employees who work on-site to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo daily testing.
Cavuto is a cancer survivor who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He said his example should inspire others to get vaccinated.
“I’m surviving this because I did,” he said. “I hope anyone and everyone gets that message loud and clear. Get vaccinated, for yourself and everyone around you.”
Despite regularly airing attacks on vaccine mandates, with prime-time hosts pushing false claims about the vaccines themselves, more than 90% of Fox employees were vaccinated by mid-September, according to a company memo. Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott has defended the anti-vaccination rhetoric of hosts such as Tucker Carlson others, saying that she celebrates “diverse thought.”
The Biden administration has praised the company’s own policy on preventing the spread of COVID-19, however, and expressed hope that others will follow its example.
“We are glad they have stepped up to protect their workforce and strengthen the economy,” a White House spokesperson told CNN last month, “and we encourage them convey to their audience that these types of practices will protect their employees, their communities, and the economy.”
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