Google employees are getting frustrated with the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, saying in an office of 100% fully vaccinated employees, the outbreaks are continuing. The fully vaccinated staff says that since they have been asked to return to offices, infection notifications pop up in their email inboxes regularly.
The company began requiring most employees to return to physical offices at least three days a week in April. Since then, staffers have pushed back on the mandate after they worked efficiently for so long at home while the company enjoyed some of its fastest revenue growth in 15 years. Google has offered full-time employees the option to request permanent remote work, but it’s unclear how many workers have been approved.
A group of workers is asking the company to drop its vaccine mandate, arguing that they are still banned from in-person meetings while COVID cases occur regularly in offices with fully vaccinated employees, according to a report by CNBC.
Last December, Google told all of its employees that they must comply with mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies or they’d face losing pay and then losing their job. Then in February, ahead of asking employees to come back, it relaxed rules around vaccines being a requirement for employment, as well as other rules around testing, social distancing, and masks. However, the company still continues to require COVID-19 vaccinations to enter physical offices.
“We’ve seen waves of Covid-particularly since December 2021 with Omicron and its sub-variants spread through Google offices with little regard for vaccination status. We’ve seen many fully vaccinated and boosted colleagues call out sick for multiple days with Covid. We’ve seen both panics and good-natured responses to the flood of exposure notifications received by officegoers,” said an anonymous manifesto by a group that calls itself Googlers for No Vaccine Mandate.
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The group hopes that Google will choose logic over medical tyranny, especially in light of the fact that it’s obvious the vaccines don’t work at all.