Google and Facebook became among the first major companies in Silicon Valley to mandate that their employees be vaccinated upon their return to corporate headquarters.
In an email to employees, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the terms would be rolled out in the US in the coming weeks, and in other regions, in the following months as vaccines become more widely available.
It is unclear how Google plans to enforce the terms. “Vaccination is one of the most important ways to keep ourselves and our communities healthy in the months ahead,” Pichai said.
Later Wednesday, Vice President of Human Resources Laurie Goller said that any employee coming to work at the company’s US headquarters should be vaccinated, according to a statement posted on Twitter.
According to the statement, Facebook promises to dedicate a “procedure to people who cannot be vaccinated for medical or other reasons, and will evaluate the decision in other areas as conditions evolve,” Guler said.
Many companies are still trying to figure out when and how they will safely return employees to the office after about 16 months of working from home.
With the rapid spread of the delta variant, vaccines are an important part of the equation.
The Google and Facebook ads follow a call earlier this week by major medical groups to provide vaccines to health care workers.
US President Joe Biden is expected to announce a resolution stipulating that all federal employees and contractors must be vaccinated or provide regular negative screenings.