Google will no longer mandate COVID-19 vaccination for US employees.
COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required for Google employees in the United States. However, a policy requiring personnel to be vaccinated before returning to work remains in force.
“At this point, we’re not requiring vaccinations as a condition of employment for US office workers,” said Google spokesperson Lora Lee Erickson. “We’ll remain enforcing our COVID-19 vaccination policy, which requires COVID-19 immunizations or approved adjustments for everyone accessing our locations, because it’s one of the most critical ways we can keep our employees safe and our services running.” In addition, only Google employees working in Santa Clara County will be required to wear masks in the office, according to Erickson.
Google is suspending a regulation that required anyone visiting a Google building, including vaccinated employees, to have a negative COVID-19 molecular test, according to details from an email addressed to employees by David Radcliffe, Google’s VP of real estate and workplace services.
The company 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 will be required to work three days per week.