Meta Delays Office Reopening, Mandates Booster Shots for Workers

Facebook parent Meta said on Monday that it is delaying employees’ return to offices across the U.S. until March and will be requiring booster shots from those coming back to protect against COVID-19.

The tech giant had moved its reopening plans for employees opting to work at its headquarters in California from Jan. 31 to Mar. 28, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

“We’re focused on making sure our employees continue to have choices about where they work given the current COVID-19 landscape,” Janelle Gale, Meta’s vice president of human resources, said in an emailed statement.

“We understand that the continued uncertainty makes this a difficult time to make decisions about where to work, so we’re giving more time to choose what works best for them,” Gale said.

Meta will also require returning employees to show proof of a booster vaccination, saying that additional vaccine shots are effective in protecting against the virus.

The move came as the surge of the Omicron variant of the virus has forced other tech companies Microsoft, Amazon and Google to also delay reopening their offices.

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