600-plus Google employees sign manifesto opposing company vaccine mandate

More than 600 Google employees have circulated and signed a manifesto opposing the company's vaccine mandate.

600-plus Google employees sign manifesto opposing company vaccine mandate
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600-plus Google employees sign manifesto opposing company vaccine mandate

More than 600 Google employees have circulated and signed a manifesto opposing the company's vaccine mandate.

Although the company previously required all in-person employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, a recent policy change asks all employees, including those working remotely, to get the vaccine by Dec. 3, according to CNBC.

"Barring unvaccinated Googlers from the office publicly and possibly embarrassingly exposes a private choice as it would be difficult for the Googler not to reveal why they cannot return," the authors of the document said.

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The authors also claim the mandate would violate employees' medical privacy and could be used to justify intrusive medical impositions.

The employees have called for the mandate to be repealed in favor of vaccine requirements that are more inclusive.

"The implications are chilling," the authors claim. "Due to its presence as an industry leader, Google's mandate will influence companies around the world to consider these as acceptable trade-offs."

Google is standing firm behind its vaccine 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," a Google spokesperson told CNBC. "We firmly stand behind our vaccination policy."

In another display of activism, hundreds of Amazon and Google employees signed a letter condemning any deals with Israel in October. The collective of employees said they could not look away "as the products we build are used to deny Palestinians their basic rights, force Palestinians out of their homes, and attack Palestinians in the Gaza Strip."

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Most Google employees will not return to the office until at least Jan. 10.

The Washington Examiner reached out to Google for further comment.

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