Internet giants Google and Facebook announced Wednesday that they would require vaccination of all their employees relocated to their premises, following a wave of similar ads from public bodies in the United States.
The obligation will be implemented at Google “in the coming weeks” in the United States, before it is extended to other regions of the world “in the coming months,” CEO Sundar Pichai said in a statement. it would not apply to countries where the vaccine is not yet available.
Google will soon provide details on the exceptions to this requirement “for people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or for specific populations,” the company said.
Asked by AFP about these possible exceptions, Alphabet’s subsidiary did not respond immediately.
“Vaccination is one of the most important ways for us and our local communities to stay healthy,” Sundar Pichai said.
Similarly, Facebook officials “will ask that anyone visiting one of our campuses in the United States be vaccinated,” Vice President Lori Goler said in a message to AFP.
In June, the social network told its employees that those who wanted to continue working in full-time telecommuting could apply for it, if their duties allow.
For the rest, it is planned to facilitate telework, but it is advisable to work at least half the time in the company’s facilities. Facebook plans to reopen its offices with an indicator of 50% in September and at full capacity in October.
As for Google, it postponed the official return date to its offices on Wednesday, October 18, after initially setting it for September 1.
From that date, approximately 80% of employees will be required to physically work at the company’s facilities at least three days a week. The group predicts that about 20% of employees will continue to stay home.
According to the U.S. Federal Agency for the Enforcement of Laws against Discrimination in the Workplace (EEOC), employers may require their employees to file vaccination evidence against Covid, with exceptions for medical reasons or objection. religious.
Last month, the large US bank Morgan Stanley and asset manager BlackRock had indicated that only vaccinated employees would have access to their facilities, which meant requiring vaccination because these companies favor a return to work. office.
So far, few groups have dared to establish an obligation, a few weeks before the start of the September school year, which will mark the return to office of many employees.
In contrast, there are more and more local communities and cultural organizations that require vaccination, and various U.S. media outlets indicate that U.S. President Joe Biden may announce the obligation to vaccinate federal employees or submit to a protocol.