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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