Google will no longer require U.S. employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19
Google will no longer require U.S. employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19

Google will no longer require U.S. employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19

Google no longer requires its US-based workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to CNBC. The change is one of many that the company is reportedly making in its policies while preparing to get employees back to its offices.

The company originally announced in June that it would require vaccinations to return to the office, and reportedly sent a note In December tell employees that they would risk being forced to take leave or even be fired if they did not prove they were vaccinated (or apply for dispensation). But a Google spokesman confirmed to CNBC that vaccines were no longer required for US employees, so it appears the company has adjusted its policy.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

CNBC also shared details from a note sent to staff by David Radcliffe, Google’s deputy director of real estate and workplace services. Google repeals a policy requiring anyone entering a Google facility, including vaccinated employees, to has negative COVID-19 molecular test. “Unvaccinated workers authorized to enter offices must still follow additional protocols, including testing and wearing a mask,” Radcliffe said in a note, according to CNBC.

Google is also relaxing its policies on some of its famous facilities, CNBC reports:

Radcliffe also wrote that the company is reopening facilities such as gyms without an appointment and massage; restoration of full shuttle service; adding more places to eat free breakfast and lunch; and opening of “all informal spaces” such as lounges, games rooms, music rooms and massage chairs.

The company said in December it would wait until 2022 to determine its plans for return to the office. When employees are expected to return in person, Google has already committed to give them 30 days heads up. The company also has already outlined is planning a hybrid work week where it will expect most employees to be in the office three days a week.

Apple has also begun to relax its COVID-19 policies as it has dropped mask requirements for customers shopping in Apple stores in several states. Apple may drop the mandate for retailers to also wear masks “as early as two weeks,” according to a tweet from Bloombergs Mark Gurman.


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