Tech giants Google and Facebook have announced that staff must be vaccinated against COVID before they can return to the workplace, in light of the recent spread of the Delta variant.
The policy will be implemented in the US in the coming weeks and is expected to eventually be rolled out in their global offices. It will apply to all employees eligible for the COVID-19 shot, with exceptions made for those exempt from receiving the vaccine.
Google was the first of the tech companies to launch the policy, which will prohibit any non-vaccinated employees from accessing their 19 campuses across the US. CEO Sundar Pichai informed over 130,000 staff of the rule in a memo on Wednesday, writing, "Anyone coming to work on our campuses 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."
"Getting vaccinated is one of the most important ways to keep ourselves and our communities healthy in the months ahead," he added.
You might also like...
Covid vaccines and pregnancy, fertility and periods—sorting myths from proven side effects
Facebook quickly followed suit, announcing it too would be enforcing a vaccination policy on US staff. "As our offices reopen, we will be requiring anyone coming to work at any of our US campuses to be vaccinated," VP of People Lori Goler said in a statement. "How we implement this policy will depend on local conditions and regulations."
Google will also extend its work from home policy until 18 October, pushing back on its previous goal of returning to the offices at half-capacity in early September.
The news comes after Apple's announcement that it will require both vaccinated and non-vaccinated staff to wear a face-covering in its US retailers. The decision was made in response to recent recommendations from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that indoor masking should always be worn in places with high COVID-19 transmission rates.
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
Sports Illustrated features a model with a C-section for the first time ever and fans are very excited: ‘This is amazing’
Kelly Hughes is the first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model to appear in the magazine with a visible C-section scar in its 58-year history
By Anna Rahmanan • Published
Why was Meghan Markle’s engagement ring changed and who designed this iconic piece?
Meghan Markle's engagement ring is one of the most recognizable royal jewelry pieces but it's undergone a subtle change over the years...
By Emma Shacklock • Published