- At least 600 Google employees signed a manifesto opposing the company’s vaccine mandate, CNBC reported.
- The opposition makes up a small fraction of the company’s more than 150,000-person workforce.
- Google is requiring all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 3.
At least 600 Google employees — less than 0.5% of its massive workforce — drafted a manifesto opposing the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, CNBC reported Tuesday.
The Biden administration ordered companies with more than 100 employees to require workers to be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. In response, Google imposed a mandate for its more than 150,000 US employees to be vaccinated, whether or not they are in-office or remote, by December 3.
“The company has also said that all employees who work directly or indirectly with government contracts must be vaccinated — even if they are working from home,” according to the CNBC report.
“Vaccines are key to our ability to enable a safe return to office for everyone and minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” Google VP of Security Chris Rackow said in an October email, according to the CNBC report.
CNBC reported hundreds of Google employees signed and circulated the manifesto, asking company executives to retract the vaccine mandate and create a new one that is “inclusive of all Googlers” and calling on employees to “oppose the mandate as a matter of principle.”
A Google spokesperson told Insider that they “firmly stand behind our vaccination policy.”
“As we’ve stated to all our employees and the author of this document, our vaccination requirements are one of the most important ways we can keep our workforce safe and keep our services running,” the spokesperson continued.