Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook, has now mandated that all its employees produce proof of having got their booster shot before returning to office.
Earlier, the return-to-office was scheduled for end of January, 2022. However, with the surge in the Omicron variant recently, the Company has again pushed back return-to-office to end of March.
The tech company, which owns Facebook, Instgram and WhatsApp, realises that the booster shot offers effective protection to people, and is therefore, adding this to its vaccination requirement.
All employees of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp who wish to come in to office to work after March 28, will have to communicate their intention to their bosses by the middle of March, and of course be prepared with proof of their booster jab.
The Company will try to ensure that its workforce is offered options to choose from, in terms of where and how to work, given the uncertainty that has set in yet again due to the scare of the latest variant.
A booster dose of a vaccine, as per the World Health Organsiation, is given to a vaccinated population that has completed a primary vaccination series, which is in this case refers to the first two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. A booster shot is administered when, over time, the immunity and clinical protection falls below a rate considered sufficient. Such a booster jab helps restore vaccine effectiveness.