Microsoft will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter buildings in the US

Microsoft has informed employees that it will require proof of vaccination for anyone entering a Microsoft building in the US starting in September. Employees who have a medical condition or a protected reason, such as religion, that prevents them from getting a vaccine can get a special accommodation. The company has also pushed its full office reopening date from September to “no earlier than October 4th, 2021.”

Here is the company’s full statement, shared with The Verge:

As we have done since the beginning of the pandemic, we continue to closely track new developments and adapt our plans as this situation evolves, keeping employee health and safety top of mind. Based on our continued consultation with health and data experts, our earliest date for the full opening of our U.S. worksites will be no earlier than October 4, 2021. Starting in September, we’ll also require proof of vaccination for all employees, vendors, and any guests entering Microsoft buildings in the U.S., and will have an accommodation process in place for employees. We continue to review the situation on a local basis in each region/country/state where we work and will adjust dates and policies as needed.

Staff who are caregivers to immunosuppressed people or are parents with children too young to get the vaccine will be able to work from home until January, Microsoft tells The Verge.

Microsoft’s announcements follow a surge in COVID-19 cases around the country and stricter policies put in place by other tech companies. Facebook is requiring all US employees to wear masks in offices and that all employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 when they return to offices. Facebook expects to fully reopen in October. Google will also require employees to be vaccinated before they can return to the office and has delayed that return to October 18th.

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Shouldn’t they be able to identify anyone trying to enter their buildings using the 5g nano-chips that Bill Gates included in the vaccines?

This is the only comment that matters.

Apparently, Microsoft buildings are all faraday cages… they wouldn’t want Bill Gates’ crime being exposed by someone wearing a wire.

It wouldn’t be so much of a secret if it was used so openly. /s

The same company that developed the zune and bing apparently covertly inserted mind-controlling nano-chips that don’t require and electrical charge into every vaccine from every vaccine manufacturer across the entire world without anybody finding out.

Yeah exactly. Sound like you understand perfectly.

They were just feigning incompetence with Zune, Bing, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Windows Updates, etc. just to lull us into complacency. Then, they’d be able to spring this super-advanced nano-chip on us without anyone suspecting.

I knew there was some kind of profound, unintelligible genius hidden behind Steve Ballmer’s unrestrained and simian cheering.

That’s exactly the reason why they are making vaccination a requirement! So they can identify, track and command their employees.

This is the correct move. You have the right to skip the vaccine, but we’re not obligated to make your life easier.

The more the merrier

Good. I wish my company would do this.

Wish they would do this at concerts and sporting events.

Thankfully some acts are requiring it as part of their contract. Unfortunately it’s the acts rather than the venues that are pushing for it.

There are some venues getting on board with this, First Avenue in Minneapolis just announced a mandate as did Lollapalooza and Broadway.

Yes! The more dominoes that fall the better. This isn’t about "personal choice", it’s about ending the god damn pandemic and protecting those who can’t get vaccinated yet — mostly those < 12

And not overwhelming hospitals which care for more than Covid patients. Apparently 4% of the population is immuno-compromised, though I guess some of them can get vaccinated depending on what medications they have to take. But yeah Sturgis is happening again…

A lot of <12 working at Microsoft I guess.

exactly this

Good on them but I really don’t understand why in 2021 we’re still pandering to ‘religious exemptions’.

Because they’re a large voter base.

Half of the American people are religious nuts, that’s why. They still believe in fairy tales.

It’s madness.

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I would guess there are legal reasons businesses might get in trouble if somebody sued them for prohibiting their 1st amendment religious rights even when they are made up or stupid.

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