Google to require employees to get COVID-19 vaccination

Google to require employees to get COVID-19 vaccination

As of Oct. 18, nearly 80% of employees will be required to physically work on company premises, so google will require that all employees at its facilities must be vaccinated against Covid-19

Google to require employees to get COVID-19 vaccination

Internet giant Google announced Wednesday, July 28, that it will require all employees working on its premises to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a move announced at a time when more and more U.S. government agencies are requiring immunization.

The obligation will be implemented “in the coming weeks” in the United States, before being extended to other regions of the world “in the coming months,” CEO Sundar Pichai announced in a statement, while specifying that the measure will not apply in countries where the vaccine is not yet readily available.

Google will soon provide details on exceptions to this requirement “for people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or specific populations,” the company said.

Asked by AFP about these possible exceptions, the Alphabet subsidiary did not immediately respond.

“Getting vaccinated is one of the most important ways for us and our local communities to stay healthy,” Sundar Pichai said.

At the end of March 2020, Google closed most of its facilities and asked its employees to work from home.

On Wednesday, July 28, it postponed the official back-to-work date until October 18, after initially setting it for September 1.

After this date, almost 80% of employees will be required to physically work on the company’s premises at least three days a week. The group estimates that around 20% will remain at home.

According to the U.S. Federal Agency Against Discrimination in the Workplace (EEOC), employers can require employees to provide proof of anti-virus vaccination, with exceptions for medical reasons or religious objections.

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