American Express ends COVID vaccine requirements for working from office

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(Reuters) - American Express Co has lifted COVID-19 vaccine requirements at its offices, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Wednesday, as the credit card giant prepares to remove pandemic-era protocols.

The new guidelines will take effect on Nov. 1 and will apply to offices in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, according to the memo.

AmEx's decision reflects a growing desire among companies to seek a return to normalcy as the pandemic recedes. Last month, Goldman Sachs Group Inc also removed vaccine requirements for most of its U.S. offices.

The move comes nearly a year after the New York-based company mandated full vaccination for U.S. employees working from office.

Staff who test positive for COVID should submit a health form and stay at home until AmEx's medical office clears them, the memo said.

The plans were first reported by Bloomberg News.

(Reporting by Niket Nishant in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)