Google and Facebook on Wednesday have required U.S. employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus before returning to the company’s offices.
The companies made the announcement as the more highly contagious Delta variant fuels a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the country.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post that the vaccine mandate would apply to its U.S. offices in the coming weeks and would be required eventually for other locations.
“Getting vaccinated is one of the most important ways to keep ourselves and our communities healthy in the months ahead,” said Pichai.
Shortly afterwards, Facebook made a similar announcement.
“How we implement this policy will depend on local conditions and regulations. We will have a process for those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or other reasons and will be evaluating our approach in other regions as the situation evolves,” said Lori Goler, Facebook’s vice president of people, in a statement.
A periodic survey by research firm Gartner revealed that less than 10% of employers have said they intend to require all employees to be vaccinated.
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