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Google has become the first major technology company in the United States to require employees to be vaccinated before returning to work on campus.
CEO Sundar Pichai stated that the policy will be implemented in the United States “in the next few weeks” and then rolled out for its 144,000 employees worldwide.
The Internet search giant also said on Wednesday that due to the Delta variant of Covid-19 causing “peaks” everywhere, the official resumption of work has been postponed by one and a half months, and therefore the full reopening of the campus will be postponed to October 18. .
As Google takes action, employers all over the world are struggling to resolve the issue of whether to compel employees to vaccinate. Since the beginning of the pandemic, leading technology companies have moved faster than most large companies, and the usual model was later followed by other companies — including the first to close offices early last year.
Pichai Tell employees The implementation of the vaccine policy “will vary according to local conditions and regulations, and will not apply until the vaccine is widely used in your area”, adding that the company will develop exception procedures or procedures for people who cannot be vaccinated or “medical” Other protected reasons. “