Google to require vaccinations for on-campus workers, postpones return to office

Google to require vaccinations for on-campus workers, postpones return to office

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Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. 


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Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Wednesday told employees the company will require vaccinations for personnel working on campus, as the highly contagious Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus spreads across the world. The policy will begin in the US and expand to other regions over the next few months.

Pichai also delayed the company’s mandatory return to office to October 18, pushing back the date from an earlier goal of September. 

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“Getting vaccinated is one of the most important ways to keep ourselves and our communities healthy in the months ahead,” Pichai wrote in an email to employees. “I know that many of you continue to deal with very challenging circumstances related to the pandemic.”

Pichai said the policy will be implemented according to local conditions, and he would share guidance and exceptions for people who can’t get vaccinated due to medical or other protected reasons. 

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