Google employees won’t be back in the office until mid-October and will need to get vaccinated to get back to their desks. According to the Associated Press, the company intends to require staff (in attendance) to be vaccinated. A precaution imposed in an attempt to combat the spread of the Delta variant. In an e-mail sent to over 130,000 Google employees, the CEO, Sundar Pichai, announced that the company is aiming to have the most of its workforce in the office as of October 18, an extension of smart working, therefore, which was to end on 1 September. With a non-trivial detail: those who return to the office will have to prove that they are vaccinated against covid-19.
The CEO has made it clear that once the offices are fully reopened all those who work there will have to be vaccinated. The vaccine requirement will first be enforced at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, and in other US offices, before being rolled out to Google offices in 40 countries around the world. The only exceptions for the staff will be related to medical reasons, clarified in the Pichai note. Google’s decision to extend remote work follows that of another tech giant: a few days even Apple has in fact postponed the return to the office from September to October.