Microsoft has informed its employees that it will require proof of vaccination for anyone who enters the Microsoft building in the United States from September. Workers with an illness or a protected cause, such as a religion that prevents them from getting the vaccine, can get special housing. The company has also rescheduled its office opening hours from September “no earlier than October 4, 2021”.
Here is the full statement from the company, shared Limit:
As we have done since the beginning of the pandemic, we will continue to monitor new developments closely and adapt our plans as the situation develops, keeping in mind the health and safety of workers. Based on ongoing consultation with our health and data experts, the earliest date for the full opening of our U.S. workplaces is October 4, 2021 at the earliest. We will continue to review the situation locally in each region / country / state where we work and adjust dates and policies as necessary.
Staff who care for immunocompromised people or have parents whose children are too young to get the vaccine can work from home until January, Microsoft says Limit.
Microsoft’s announcements follow the rise in COVID-19 cases across the country and the more stringent practices of other technology companies. Facebook requires all U.S. employees to wear masks in offices and that all employees will be vaccinated against COVID-19 when they return to the office. Facebook is waiting will be completely reopened in October. Google too require employees to be vaccinated before they can return to the office and has postponed his return until 18 October.