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Apple is requiring workers receive Covid vaccine boosters as employers start mandating the shots amid the surge in Omicron cases

Added 01-17-22 01:14:03am EST - “Employees will have to submit proof of COVID-19 booster shots or take rapid tests before entering a store or office from February 15.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Apple is requiring workers receive Covid vaccine boosters as employers start mandating the shots amid the surge in Omicron cases”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Apple will require all corporate and retail employees to get COVID-19 vaccine booster shots or submit to frequent Covid tests, The Verge reported.

"Due to waning efficacy of the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines and the emergence of highly transmissible variants such as Omicron, a booster shot is now part of staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccination to protect against severe disease," according to an internal memo seen by The Verge.

Apple employees who are eligible for booster shots have four weeks to get jabbed or take rapid antigen tests before entering workplaces from February 15, added the media outlet.

Those who are unvaccinated or haven't provided proof of vaccination must provide negative test results from January 24, the memo seen by The Verge said. It wasn't immediately clear if this testing requirement applies to both corporate and retail employees.

Apple's move comes as American employers grapple with a surge in the Omicron variant of the coronavirus as many were preparing to return to the office after nearly two years of working from home due to the pandemic.

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