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San Ramon, California. (Associated Press) — Google is delaying the return of most workers to the office until mid-October and is implementing a policy that eventually requires everyone to be vaccinated once its sprawling campus fully reopens.

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The most contagious delta type of coronavirus is causing a spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Google announcement Wednesday It was followed by Facebook, which also said It will make vaccinations required for US employees who work in offices. Exceptions will be made for medical and other reasons.

In an email sent to more than 130,000 Google employees worldwide, CEO Sundar Pichai said the company now aims to return most of its workforce to its offices starting in October. 18 instead of the previous target date on. 1.

The decision also affects the tens of thousands of contractors that Google intends to preserve paying while access to its campuses remains limited.

“This extension will allow us time to return to work while providing flexibility for those who need it,” Pichai wrote.

Pichai revealed that once offices fully reopen, everyone who works there should be vaccinated. This requirement will first be imposed at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California and other US offices, prior it extends to more than 40 other countries where Google operates.

Dr. said. Lena Wayne, professor of public health at George Washington University and previous health commissioner for the city of Baltimore. “It is unfair for parents to be expected to go back to work and sit side by side with unvaccinated people who could be carriers of a potentially deadly virus.”

Wen said that since children under 12 are not currently eligible for vaccination, parents can bring the virus to them from the office if they are near unvaccinated classmates.

Various government agencies have already announced claims to vaccinate all their employees, but the corporate world has so far been taking a more nuanced approach, even though most lawyers believe the mandates are legal.

Delta and United Airlines require unused employees to show proof of vaccination. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley require their employees to disclose their vaccination status, but they do not require employees to vaccinate.

Less than 10% of employers said they intended to require all employees to be vaccinated, based on routine surveys by research firm Gartner.

While other big tech companies may succeed suit now that Google and Facebook have taken positions on vaccines, employers in other industries may still be unwilling, predicted Brian Krupp, head of research at Gartner’s human resources practice.

“Google is seen as such a distinct considerate of company that I think it would take one or two other big employers to do something similar in terms of a game-changer,” Krupp said.

Pichai wrote that Google’s vaccine mandate will be adjusted to comply with each site’s laws and regulations, and exceptions will be made for medical and other “protected” reasons.

“Vaccination is one of the most significant ways to preserve ourselves and our communities healthy in the months ahead,” Pichai explained.

Google’s decision to require office workers to be vaccinated follows similar moves affecting hundreds of thousands of government workers in California and New York as part of escalating measures to combat the delta variant. President Joe Biden is also considering mandating vaccinations for all federal government employees.

The rapid rise in cases over the former month has prompted more public health officials to urge tougher measures to aid overcome vaccine doubts and misinformation.

The vaccine demand is coming up in California next month and covers more than 240,000 government employees. The city and county of San Francisco is also requiring its approximately 35,000 workers to be vaccinated or risking disciplinary action following the Food and Drug Administration approved one of the vaccines now being distributed under an emergency order.

It’s unclear how many Google workers have yet to be vaccinated. In his email, Pichai described the company’s vaccination rate as lofty.

Google’s decision to extend its secluded work follows a similar move by another tech company, Apple, which recently moved plans to return to offices from September to October as well.

Delays by Apple and Google could affect other major employers to take similar precautions, given that the tech industry has been ahead From switching to secluded work due to the spread of the unused Corona virus.

Even prior the World Health Organization declared a pandemic in March 2020, Google, Apple and many other eminent tech companies were asking their employees to work from home. This is the third time that Google has postponed when to fully reopen its offices.

Google’s vaccine requirement could also urge other employers to issue similar mandates to guard against outbreaks and decrease the need to wear masks in the office.

While most companies plan to bring their workers back at fewest a few days a week, other companies in the tech industry have decided to allow employees to do their jobs from secluded locations permanently.


Associated Press business writers Tom Krecher of Detroit and Alexandra Olson of New York contributed to this story.


This story has been updated to correct scholar’s spelling of the Gartner surname. It’s Kropp, not Kopp.


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