Microsoft joined the ranks of tech companies to vaccinate returning employees on Thursday as Amazon postponed its plan to reopen offices until next year.
According to the computer giant near Amazon in Washington state, the earliest date for the full reopening of Microsoft’s US facilities will be October 4.
“As of September, we will also require proof of vaccination for all employees, suppliers and all guests entering Microsoft buildings in the United States,” Microsoft said in response to a statement. AFP enquiry.
Microsoft and other tech companies said they are closely monitoring the pandemic and are adjusting plans as the situation evolves, with worker health remaining a top priority.
E-commerce behemoth Amazon confirmed it is delaying the return of employees to its headquarters until January next year instead of letting them come back in September, as originally hoped.
“We require employees to wear masks in our offices, with the exception of those who have verified full vaccination,” Amazon said AFP.
Google and Facebook said last week that employees returning to offices must be vaccinated against COVID-19, in the latest move by companies and US government agencies.
Spikes in infections from a Delta variant of the virus have raised concerns in the United States, where more than 600,000 people have died during the pandemic.
Google last week banned campuses for unvaccinated employees and extended its global work-from-home option until October 18.
“Everyone who comes to work on our campuses must be vaccinated,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post.
Google and Facebook were among companies around the world to leave campuses early last year, allowing people to work remotely rather than risk exposure to COVID-19 in offices.
“We will demand that anyone who comes to work on any of our U.S. campuses be vaccinated,” Facebook vice president Lori Goler said in a statement. AFP enquiry.
“We will have a process in place for those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or other reasons and will evaluate our approach in other regions as the situation evolves.”
Many unions and critics of mandates have spoken out against mandatory vaccinations, citing personal freedom arguments.
Microsoft said employees who have not been vaccinated for medical or religious reasons will be accommodated.
Rising pandemic concerns are also delaying returns to financial sector offices, with investment management giant Black Rock telling US workers it extended its “re-acclimatization” period by a month until early October.
Wells Fargo and US Bank have also postponed workers’ return to offices, according to a NewsMadura report.
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