Meta mandates booster shots for returning workers, delays reopening of offices

Facebook parent meta platforms have delayed its US office reopening date and mandated COVID-19 booster shots for employees returning to the office, as Omicron surges to restart plans to reopen Join a growing list of companies.

The tech giant said on Monday that the reopening date for employees who choose to work from the office has been extended to March 28 from the earlier plan of January 31.

All employees returning to the office must present proof of their booster jabs while the company closely monitors the status of the Omicron version. META currently requires all of its US employees coming to office to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Employees have until March 14 to decide whether to return to the office, request to work remotely full-time or request work from home temporarily.

A spokesperson said employees who have not been vaccinated for medical or religious reasons can request such remote work. “Employees who do not take any action may face disciplinary measures, including dismissal. Obviously, this will be a last resort,” the spokesperson said by email.

Corporate America has doubled vaccination orders and delayed back-to-office plans as the Omron version spikes infections nationwide to record levels.

Last week, Citigroup said its US employees who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 14 would be placed on unpaid leave and fired at the end of the month.

In December, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp introduced the option to defer return to office.

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