United States: Google and Facebook have announced that Vaccination is Important as a condition for their employees before returning to office premises. The mandate takes into account the growing delta forms in the US and the urgent need for safeguards against its spread.
As people around the world are vaccinated against COVID-19, the practice of working remotely seems to be dying out. Google and Facebook are now planning to bring their employees back to the office and have shared the conditions they want to meet.
Two technology majors announced today that they will require all employees to be vaccinated before they can return to the workplace. Therefore, full immunization against COVID-19 is being considered as the primary requirement for rejoining the office.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said (in a mail to google workforce) that anyone working on Google campuses will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The mandate will follow at Google offices in the US before expanding to other Google campuses around the world.
Pichai clarified that the requirement would only apply in areas where COVID-19 vaccines have been widely distributed to the public. The mandate will depend on local regulations and an individual’s situation. For example, those who could not be vaccinated for medical reasons would be exempt from this policy.
In his email, Pichai said that Google will extend its voluntary work-from-home policy until October 18. He also mentioned that the company will give at least 30 days’ notice to its employees before being called back to work.
Just after Google, social media major Facebook made a similar announcement regarding its plan to call its employees back to work. In a conversation with CNBC, People’s Facebook VP Lori Golar confirmed that Facebook will require US employees to be vaccinated before coming to the office.
After Google’s policy, Facebook said that their policy will also depend on local conditions and regulations. The new mandate seems to have been driven by the rise of the delta version in the US, as well as new guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.