Facebook-Parent Meta no longer requires COVID booster doses for US office staff

Facebook owner Meta no longer requires employees to have COVID-19 boosters to enter its offices in the United States, a company spokesperson said on Friday. The social media company previously said all workers returning to the office should show proof of their recall shots, while the company monitors the situation with the Omicron variant.

“We updated our requirements in early March to align with CDC guidelines, and now COVID-19 boosters are no longer required for entry, although strongly recommended. The primary vaccination requirement (set of 1 or 2 injections) stays put,” said Meta spokeswoman Tracy Clayton.

Last month, new Twitter chief Parag Agrawal said it would reopen offices around the world in March, but let people work remotely if they wanted.

Google is also preparing for employees to return to its Silicon Valley offices this month, hoping they’ll only be working from home a few days a week. Tech company campuses were abandoned early in the pandemic as the spread of COVID-19 caused a societal shift toward remote working.

“Business travel is back with immediate effect, and all global Twitter offices will open from March 15,” Agrawal said in a series of tweets. “The place where you will feel most productive and creative is where you work and that includes working full-time, full-time forever.”

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