Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google, said the policy would be introduced in the United States “in the coming weeks” before being rolled out globally to its 144,000 employees.
The internet research group also said on Wednesday it would delay the full reopening of its campuses until October 18 due to the spread of the Delta variant, pushing back the official return to work for a month and a half.
Facebook said in a statement on Wednesday that it would require anyone coming to work on its U.S. campuses to be vaccinated.
“How we implement this policy will depend on local conditions and regulations,” Lori Goler, vice president of human resources, said in a statement. “We will have a process for those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or other reasons and will evaluate our approach in other areas as the situation evolves.”
These measures come as employers around the world question whether to demand that workers be vaccinated. Since the start of the pandemic, the tech industry has moved faster to try to contain the virus than some sectors, often setting an example for other companies. For example, they were among the first to close their offices early last year.
The more infectious Delta variant has led to an increase in coronavirus infections in the United States, especially in areas with low inoculation rates because people are reluctant to get vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which warned of a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” this week reversed previous guidelines and said masks should be worn indoors in areas where there is a significant transmission of Covid-19 – even for those vaccinated.
Pichai told Google employees that the implementation of the vaccine policy “will vary depending on local conditions and regulations and will not apply until vaccines are widely available in your area.”
The company would develop an exception process for people who cannot be vaccinated or for “medical or other protected reasons,” he added.
Twitter said earlier this week that workers entering its New York and San Francisco offices would have to provide proof of vaccination. Amazon, which has more than 1.3 million employees worldwide, declined to say whether it would introduce mandatory vaccinations for its staff.
Starting in January, Amazon offered frontline workers who had been vaccinated an $ 80 bonus. For all employees, the company also has an internal vaccination certificate program, where staff can upload proof of vaccination in order to go to the workplace without a mask – a status designated by a sticker affixed to the employee identification badge.
Other companies have taken steps to require or encourage workers to get vaccinated before returning to work in person.
U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley said it would ban unvaccinated employees and clients from its New York office, while BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, said it would not open its offices only to vaccinated employees.
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JPMorgan has strongly encouraged its employees to get vaccinated before a scheduled return to the office, while Goldman Sachs has asked its U.S. bankers to reveal if they are vaccinated.
Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have said new recruits in the United States should be vaccinated against Covid-19.
The move towards compulsory vaccination in some industries has been mirrored by similar efforts in the public sector. Employees in the states of California and New York will either need to get vaccinated or undergo weekly tests, their governors announced this week, while President Joe Biden said a similar mandate for federal workers was in the works. study.
Additional reports by Dave Lee and Peter Wells