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Facebook, Google will require US office employees to be vaccinated

2021-07-28 19:02 by

 

Google and Facebook on Wednesday became two of the first major Silicon Valley firms to say they will require employees to be vaccinated when they return to the company's campuses.

"As our offices reopen, we will be requiring anyone coming to work at any of our US campuses to be vaccinated," Facebook's vice president of people Lori Goler said in a statement. "How we implement this policy will depend on local conditions and regulations. We will have a process for those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or other reasons and will be evaluating our approach in other regions as the situation evolves. We continue to work with experts to ensure our return to office plans prioritize everyone’s health and safety."

Facebook had already told full-time employees that most of them could continue working from home beyond the pandemic if their jobs could be done remotely.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Wednesday also announced that any Google employee coming to work on a Google campus "will need to be vaccinated."

"We're rolling this policy out in the U.S. in the coming weeks and will expand to other regions in the coming months," Pichai wrote in a blog post Wednesday. "The implementation will vary according to local conditions and regulations, and will not apply until vaccines are widely available in your area."

Google first closed its offices in March 2020 and previously said its employees would work remotely until at least September 2021. After announcing it would adopt a "hybrid workforce model" that asked employees to spend at least some time in the office, Google in May said that it expects around 20% of its employees to work from home permanently.

Some of the company's campuses have started reopening. Google said it will give employees at least 30 days' notice before implementing its full return-to-office plans.

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