As fears of another wave of Covid-19 set in, companies around the world urge employees to get vaccinated. While most people have adopted Covid-19 vaccines, others are weighing the benefits of extra protection.
Google is among many large global companies to require its employees to produce proof of vaccination as the company plans to reopen its offices in 2022. Now Google employees are asking the company to rethink its expanded vaccine mandate, according to CNBC.
How Google is expanding vaccine requirements
About 150,000 Google employees have been asked to upload documents justifying their vaccination on its internal portals. In October, Google Vice President Chris Rackow sent an internal email saying vaccines were imperative to ensure a safe return to power while minimizing the spread of Covid-19.
About 600 Google employees reportedly signed a manifesto urging the company to rethink its vaccine policy. The vaccination mandate, according to these employees, could encourage Google to intrude on the privacy of its employees in the future.
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Google, however, maintains its policy, saying vaccines are “one of the most important ways” of ensuring the safety of the workforce and keeping services running. Even then, the company hasn’t made vaccinations mandatory for all employees … yet!
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While getting the vaccine is up to individual choice and can be influenced by pre-existing health issues, the vaccines have done a fantastic job of preventing more Covid-related deaths. What do you think – should companies force employees to get vaccinated? Let us know in the comments below.
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Elias, J. (2021, November 24). Several hundred Google employees sign manifesto against expanding Covid vaccine mandate. CNBC.