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Facebook says US employees need vaccinations for office return

A sign at the entrance to the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif.,Laura Morton/NYT

(Bloomberg) -- Facebook told employees it will require them to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to return to the company’s US offices.

“As our offices reopen, we will be requiring anyone coming to work at any of our US campuses to be vaccinated,” a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement. The company, which told employees of the policy Wednesday, said it will have a process in place for those who cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons. “We will be evaluating our approach in other regions as the situation evolves,” the spokeswoman added.

Facebook expects about 50 percent office capacity in the US by early September, with a full return by October. Employees can apply to work remotely permanently, and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has said he anticipates that as much as half of Facebook’s employees will work remotely in the next decade.

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The rise of delta variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus has complicated companies’ effort to bring employees back. Apple and Google have pushed back reopening plans to October from September, and Google also will require employees to get vaccinated before returning to offices.

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