Amid the stagnation of the vaccine in the United States, giants like Google, Facebook e Netflix announced their own measures. The three giants in the technology sector said they will require vaccination of their employees so they can return to offices and face-to-face activities. Concern for super-transmissible variants such as Delta is also at the heart of the decision.
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Google was the first to announce the measure on Wednesday and was followed by Facebook a few hours later. Netflix says the vaccine will be mandatory on movie sets and company productions.
In a way, the United States is facing a problem opposite to the Brazilian one. If the doses are lacking here, there are those interested in supporting them. An analysis published in the journal Nature Medicine reports that low- and middle-income countries want to receive the coronavirus vaccine more than richer regions, where the amount of immunizers is abundant.
In this sense, it is possible that many of the employees of these large companies have not yet been immunized — according to data from Bloomberg, 49.3% of Americans are completely immunized, a number that the country has found difficult to increase. Some states and cities have offered cash to increase immunization levels and contain the coronavirus.
The companies that now demand the vaccination of employees are the same ones that, just over a year ago, put the workforce at home. Google and Facebook, for example, were among the first to adopt a remote working model, making room for other companies, less familiar with this model, to also migrate.
Their initiative to require immunization to ensure health in the workplace could have a similar impact in this regard: paving the way for other companies to also mandate that their employees receive the full vaccination schedule before returning to face-to-face work.
Although the discussion is centered on the United States, Google, for example, said it intends to expand the measure to other countries in the coming months, as the legislation permits.
And precisely for this reason, this is a debate that could come to Brazil. Around here, the Labor Court has already guaranteed a hospital the right to dismiss for just cause an employee who refused to take the vaccine.
In February of this year, the Public Ministry of Labor (MPT) had already advised that workers who refused to take a vaccine against covid-19 without presenting documented medical reasons could be dismissed for just cause. At the end of last year, the plenary of the STF understood that compulsory vaccination was constitutional.
In Brazil, just over 20% of the adult population is fully vaccinated against covid-19 and this type of discussion is still incipient. But as immunization advances and the fear of new waves of covid-19 is present, the debate on compulsory employee vaccination has everything to take hold.