According to CNBC, Google is no longer required its US-based employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. According to The New York Times, a policy requiring personnel to get vaccinated before returning to work is still in force.
“At this point, we’re not requiring vaccinations as a condition of employment for US office workers,” Google spokesperson Lora Lee Erickson told The Verge when we originally published this story. “We’ll remain enforcing our COVID-19 vaccination policy, which requires COVID-19 immunizations or authorized adjustments for everyone visiting our locations, since it’s one of the most critical ways we can keep our employees safe and our services functioning.” In addition, only Google workers working in Santa Clara County would be required to wear masks in the office, according to Erickson.
CNBC also obtained information from a note issued to Google employees by David Radcliffe, the company’s vice president of real estate and workplace services. Google is no longer requiring anybody visiting a Google facility, even vaccinated employees, to have a negative COVID-19 molecular test.
According to CNBC, “unvaccinated staff who are authorized to enter workplaces will still be required to follow additional standards, including testing and donning a mask.”
The business said in December that it will postpone its return to the workplace until 2022. Google has already committed to providing staff a 30-day notice before they are forced to return in person. The corporation has also announced plans for a hybrid work week, in which most employees would be required to work three days each week.
Apple has also begun to alter its COVID-19 standards, removing the necessity for consumers to wear masks when shopping at Apple retail outlets in certain states. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple may also abolish the need for retail personnel to wear masks “in as little as two weeks.”