Apple to Require COVID-19 Booster Shots for Staff

Apple will reportedly require retail and corporate employees to provide proof of a COVID-19 booster shot upon returning to in-person work.

Employees that become eligible for a booster shot will be given four weeks to comply, otherwise, they will be required to take frequent tests when entering Apple offices and stores starting Feb. 15, The Verge reported, citing an internal email.

Meanwhile, unvaccinated workers or those without proof of vaccination will need negative COVID-19 tests to enter Apple workplaces starting Jan. 24, although The Verge said it was unclear whether this requirement applies to both retail and corporate employees.

“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,” Apple said in its memo, according to The Verge.

Other U.S. tech companies have also tightened their COVID-19 rules for office work. Last week, Facebook parent Meta Platforms mandated COVID-19 booster shots for staff returning to offices in March, while Google is temporarily mandating weekly COVID-19 tests before entering its U.S. offices.

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