“Getting vaccinated is one of the most important ways to keep ourselves our communities healthy in the months ahead,” Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, said in a company-wide email obtained by The New York Times and The Associated Press
In response to increasing concern over the COVID-19 delta variant, the company has pushed back its expected return-to-office dates from September to October.
“We recognize that many Googlers are seeing spikes in their communities caused by the Delta variant and are concerned about returning to the office,” Pichai wrote. “This extension will allow us time to ramp back into work while providing flexibility for those who need it.”
It’s not yet clear how Google will proceed with employees who refuse to be vaccinated, but Pichai said in his email that, so far, it’s been “encouraging to see very high vaccination rates” among Google’s workforce in places where the vaccine is widely available. In Santa Clara County, where Google’s headquarters is located, 77% of people over age 12 are fully vaccinated ― 20% higher than the nation as a whole.
While several employersGoogle could be the most prominent company that announces vaccine rules to their employees. This company is active in more countries than 70 offices in 50 countriesit is one the most powerful brands in tech.
Many conservative lawmakers have pushed back against vaccine mandates, claiming they’re an infringement on personal rights. Argument is that vaccine mandates are an infringement on personal rights. regular fixture on Fox News, where the network’s biggest stars have been casting doubt on the vaccine despite widespread evidence that it’s overwhelmingly safe and effective.
Daily vaccination rates are available in the U.S. plummeted. In mid-April, the U.S. averaged 3.4 million COVID-19 vaccines distributed each day, but that number has seen an 80% decrease in recent weeks, dropping to under 590,000 per day — despite the vaccine being readily available. In the meantime, an estimated 3.4 million COVID-19 vaccinations were distributed in America each day. uptickNew cases of the disease are more common in areas with low vaccination rates.