Apple will reportedly require Covid-19 booster shots for workers

A health worker is preparing to administer a dose of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at Bang Sue Grand Station, Bangkok.

A health worker is preparing to administer a dose of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at Bang Sue Grand Station, Bangkok.
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Apple now considers covid-19 boostershots to be an important element in protecting its workers and will allegedly require employees to show proof that they have been given the extra dose to access its premises, according to an internal email seen by The edge.

On Saturday, Verge reported that Apple would require their retail and corporate employees to get a covid-19 booster shot when eligible for one. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals who received Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines may receive a booster five months after their first two shots. Those who receive a single dose of Johnson & Johnson injection are eligible to be boosted two months after vaccination.

As told by The edge, Apple employees will have four weeks to comply with company booster requirements when eligible. If employees do not receive a booster within this time frame, they will be asked to take frequent covid-19 tests to enter an Apple Store, partner store, or Apple office from February 15th.

“Due to the declining efficacy of the primary line of COVID-19 vaccines and the emergence of highly transmissible variants such as Omicron, a booster shot is now part of keeping you up to date with your COVID-19 vaccination to protect against serious illness, “Apple stated in the internal email, according to Verge.

The memo also contained information for unvaccinated employees who will be required to provide a negative covid-19 rapid antigen test before entering the workplace as of January 24th. Workers who have not provided evidence of vaccination must also adhere to this test policy.

Gizmodo contacted Apple on Sunday to confirm Verges’ report, but we did not hear back at the time of publication. We will update this article if anyone from the company returns to us.

If the internal email is correct, Apple will join Meta, owner of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, to demand covid-19 booster shots for its employees. On Monday, Meta said employees eligible to receive booster shots should make sure proof of vaccination begins on March 28 to enter his offices.

“Boosters provide increased protection,” a Meta spokesman said Wall Street Journal. “Given the evidence of booster efficacy, we are expanding our vaccination requirements to include boosters.”

Google has not revealed whether it will require its employees to get covid-19 booster shots, but said on Thursday it would require employees and contractors to have a negative covid-19 molecular test-which is generally more accurate and detect the presence of coronavirus genetic material-as a PCR test to access its offices or facilities. We contacted Google to ask if it would require covid-19 booster shots for its employees on Sunday, but we have not heard back yet.

Meanwhile, Amazon is reportedly not using mandates to get people boosted, it is using what it knows best: money. Last Thursday, the reported information that Amazon paid its hourly employees, including its 750,000 US warehouse workers, $ 40 and offer them an extra (unpaid) day off to get a booster shot.

Gizmodo contacted Amazon on Sunday to confirm if this was in fact the case, and to ask if it planned to require boosters for all employees. We will update this article if anyone from Amazon returns to us.

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