Facebook mandates COVID boosters, delays office return2022-01-11 15:35 by Daniela
Tags: Facebook, Meta, COVID19
Facebook parent Meta Platforms said on Monday it is delaying employees' return to offices across the U.S. until March 28 - adding that proof of a booster shot will be required to protect against the surging omicron variant.
Not all Meta employees will have to return to the office on March 28th. Those who want to come back can defer their return by three to five months, a policy that was first announced in December. The company is also letting staffers request to work remotely full time. Employees will now have until March 14th to decide if they want to come back to the office, defer their return, or request full time remote work.
Employees who are not vaccinated for medical or religious reasons can request such remote work, a spokesperson said. "Employees who take no action can face disciplinary measures, including termination. Obviously, this would be a last resort," the spokesperson said by email.
With the decision, Meta becomes one of the first major US corporations to require proof of a booster shot from its in-office employees, not just vaccination, amid the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
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