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Meta Will Require a COVID-19 Booster to Return to the Office

According to The Wall Street Journal, Meta, Facebook’s parent company, will need employees to have obtained a COVID-19 booster shot in order to work from its US locations. Employees at the US headquarters were already required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when they returned to work, but from March 28th, they’ll also need proof of a booster vaccine, according to Meta spokesman Tracy Clayton.

The corporation is also delaying the reopening of its whole office until March 28th, a date that had originally been slated for the end of the month.

On March 28th, not all Meta workers will be required to return to work. Those who wish to return can postpone their trip for three to five months, according to a guideline published in December. Employees can also request to work full-time remotely through the firm. Employees will have until March 14th to decide if they want to return to work, postpone their return, or request full-time remote work, according to Clayton.

The revisions come as COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise across the United States, pushing businesses and groups to rethink their strategies for in-person meetings. As a result of the escalating incidents, numerous corporations withdrew their physical participation from this year’s CES, and the event was adjourned a day early.

Both the Grammy Awards and the Sundance Film Festival made modifications last week; the Grammys were postponed in part owing to worries about the omicron version, while Sundance scrapped its in-person programming for the 2022 festival.

Other major IT firms have recently rescheduled their office reopenings. Apple postponed its return to work indefinitely in December, delaying the originally scheduled reopening date of February 1st.

Google had planned to keep in-office work voluntary until today, January 10th, but the firm postponed that until 2022, saying it would wait until then to make additional arrangements. In September, Microsoft stopped anticipating an office reopening date, and in October, Amazon indicated that individual teams would be able to determine when they would return to their offices.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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