In a statement International Business Machines Corp (IBM) said it will allow only fully vaccinated U.S. employees to return to offices, which are scheduled to open from September.
The measure is part of its suit of measures to help contain the rapid spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
“We will still open many of our U.S. sites, where local clinical conditions allow, the week of Sept. 7. However, the reopenings will only be for fully vaccinated employees who choose to come into the office,” said Nickle LaMoreaux, IBM’s Chief Human Resources Officer in a memo to employees.
The resurgence of the coronavirus-induced COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is led by the Delta variant. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidance that requires fully vaccinated individuals to wear masks which has led companies to change their plans on return to offices.
The development mirrors steps taken by other large technology firms to fight the spread of the coronavirus.