Google will no longer require US employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19
Google is no longer requiring its US-based workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to CNBC. However, a policy that requires staffers to be vaccinated to return to the office is still in place, according to The New York Times.
“We’re not enforcing vaccination requirements as a condition of employment for US office workers at this time,” Google spokesperson Lora Lee Erickson said in a statement to The Verge after we first published this article. “We’re continuing to implement our vaccination policy requiring COVID-19 vaccinations or approved accommodations for any individuals accessing our sites, because it’s one of the most important ways we can keep our workforce safe and keep our services running.” In addition, only employees at Google’s Santa Clara County facilities will have to wear masks in the office, Erickson says.
CNBC also shared details from a memo sent to staff by David Radcliffe, Google’s VP of real estate and workplace services. Google is lifting a policy that required anyone entering a Google facility, even vaccinated staffers, to have a negative COVID-19 molecular test.
However, “unvaccinated employees who are approved to enter offices will still need to follow additional protocols, including testing and wearing a mask, Radcliffe’s note stated,” according to CNBC.