Google’s employees signed a manifesto requesting that the tech giant retract its COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

The tech giant is requiring its more than 150,000 U.S. employees to report their vaccination statuses and all employees who work directly or indirectly with government contracts to be vaccinated, whether they plan to work in the office or not. 

The manifesto, which has been signed by at least 600, or less than 0.5% of all Google employees, asks company executives to abandon the policy to create a mandate ‘inclusive of all Googlers,’ CNBC first reported. 

The mandate urges employees to “oppose [the mandate] as a matter principle” and encourages them to not allow mandate to affect their decision to get inoculated. 

Google set November 12, 2012 deadline to employees for vaccine exemption requests. Employees will have to be present in the office at least three days per week beginning January 10. 

Following President Joe Biden’s announcement that 100-plus employees in the U.S. must be fully vaccinated and regularly tested for COVID-19 within 60 days, this is now mandatory.

At least 600 employees at Google signed a manifesto opposing the tech company's vaccine mandate requiring employees to report their vaccination statuses

Google has at least 600 employees who signed a petition opposing its mandate to require employees to declare their vaccine status.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced all employees must be fully vaccinated to return in-person. Employees will be required to work in the office three days a week starting January 10

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced all employees must be fully vaccinated to return in-person. The office will require employees to work three days a semaine starting on January 10.

Google's vaccine mandate comes as President Joe Biden announced all U.S. companies with 100 or more workers are required to have their staff fully vaccinated by January 4

Google announced that it will mandate all U.S. corporations with at least 100 workers to get their employees fully immunized by President Joe Biden.

According to the document, the authors wrote an open letter with the subject ‘Respect User’ and sent it to Karen DeSalvo (Google’s chief medical officer). 

“I believe this.” [CEO]Sundar’s Vaccine Mandate has serious flaws,” the manifesto states. It describes executives’ leadership in a coercive and antithesis to inclusion manner. 

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the company’s requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated to return in-person in a blog post in July. Pichai stated that ‘Getting vaccinated in order to maintain our health and the well-being of our community is one the most essential ways we can keep ourselves healthy over the coming months.’

According to the manifesto, employees are urged not to disclose their private lives.  

Such Googlers could never be comfortable sharing their thoughts about the company’s health policy or other sensitive subjects. It results in an ineffective perspective that aggravates the ideological echo chamber, something people from both Google and beyond have seen for years. 

The open letter was sent to Google Chief Health Officer Karen DeSalvo

Karen DeSalvo was the Google Chief Health Officer. 

The manifesto claims the vaccine mandate 'publicly and possibly embarrassingly exposes' the staff and 'normalizes medical intervention' from the company

The manifesto claims the vaccine mandate ‘publicly and possibly embarrassingly exposes’ the staff and ‘normalizes medical intervention’ from the company

Additionally, they don’t think the company should be able to ask staff about their health or medical histories. They claim that “the vaccination status of no one is an exception.”

It enables medical intervention to be made mandatory for Covid-19 vaccines as well as future vaccines. It justifies Googlers being treated unequally and divided based upon their beliefs and actions, according to the manifesto. 

The implications can be chilling. Google is an industry leader and Google’s mandate can influence other companies to see these tradeoffs as acceptable.  

According to CNBC’s reporting, Chris Rackow, Google’s VP for Security, sent an email to his employees last month pledging vaccinations. 

Google employees continue to lobby for executives to take action. Google isn’t the only employer struggling to vacate their employees. 

Disney World’s COVID-19 mandate has been suspended for employees at Florida’s theme parks after Governor Ron DeSantis signed an act that makes it illegal for employers to demand vaccinations.

DeSantis’ bill would have subjected the brand tourism to penalties, as it goes against President Biden’s federal vaccine mandate. 

After the Chicago police union challenged Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s court mandate, a judge suspended Chicago cops’ December 31 deadline to be vaccinated for coronavirus.  

New York City saw thousands of firefighters who were not vaccinated opt to take sick time to save their pay. They then had to go on unpaid leave with EMTS and police, resulting in 26 stations being closed. This is around 10% of New York City’s fire stations. 

Alex Villaneuva of Los Angeles County claimed that he would be losing 30% of his force due to the mandate. 

Jen Psaki White House press secretary insisted that the President’s COVID-19 vaccine directive would not result in staff shortages. Labor Department on November 12 announced that record breaking 4.4 Million people had quit their jobs in September. That’s about 3.3% of the workforce. 

Psaki declined to answer a question about whether the number of workers might rise if they quit their jobs rather than getting vaccinated. 

Numerous Republican-led states and employers as well as unions and other organisations filed suits against the order. 

The Fifth Circuit Court of New Orleans gave a temporary halt to the order earlier this month. This prevented the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from proceeding with the implementation of the employer rules.

On Tuesday, President Biden responded by filing an emergency lawsuit seeking to reinstate his mandate for vaccines immediately after a number of legal challenges.