Google and Facebook will only accept vaccinated employees on their premises


So far, few large groups have dared to set up an obligation, a few weeks before the start of the September school year, which will mark the return to the office for many employees.

The internet giants Google and Facebook announced Wednesday that they would require all their employees brought to their premises to be vaccinated, after a wave of similar announcements from public bodies in the United States.

The obligation will be in place “in the next weeks” in the United States, before being extended to other regions of the world “in the coming months”, said the director general, Sundar Pichai, in a statement, while specifying that it would not apply in countries where the vaccine is not yet easily accessible. Google will soon provide details on the exceptions to this obligation “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 respond immediately. “Getting vaccinated is one of the most important ways for us and our local communities to stay healthy”Sundar Pichai insisted.

Likewise, those in charge of Facebook “Will ask that anyone going to one of our campuses in the United States be vaccinated”, said Vice-President Lori Goler in a message sent to AFP. In June, the social network told its employees that those who wanted to continue teleworking full-time could request it, if their functions permitted. For the others, it is planned to facilitate teleworking, but it is advisable to work at least half of the time on the premises of the company. Facebook plans to reopen its offices at 50% gauge in September and go to full capacity in October.

At the end of March 2020, Google had closed most of its premises and asked its employees to work from home. On Wednesday, he postponed the official return to office date to October 18, having initially set it for September 1. As of this date, approximately 80% of employees will be required to physically work on company premises at least three days a week. The group predicts that around 20% of employees will continue to stay at home.

Vaccination required at Morgan Stanley and BlackRock

According to the US Federal Agency for Enforcement of Laws Against Discrimination in the Workplace (EEOC), employers can require their employees to show proof of Covid vaccination, with exceptions for medical reasons or religious objection. Last month, the big American bank Morgan Stanley and the asset manager BlackRock had indicated that only vaccinated employees would have access to their premises, which amounted to requiring vaccination because these groups favor the return to the office.

So far, few large groups have dared to set up an obligation, a few weeks before the start of the September school year, which will mark the return to the office for many employees. In contrast, more and more local communities and cultural organizations are requiring vaccination, and several US media indicate that US President Joe Biden may announce the obligation for federal employees to be vaccinated or to submit to a protocol. strict testing.

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