Mon 17 January 2022:
According to The Verge, Apple has implemented a new policy requiring employees to produce confirmation of receiving the Covid booster dose. “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,” the memo read.
According to the article, starting January 24, unvaccinated personnel or those who have not produced immunization documentation will be required to enter Apple premises with a negative Covid test.
This comes at a time when many corporations in the United States are enforcing more stringent Covid regulations.
Google has previously declared that all workers and visitors to its locations in the United States will be required to take weekly Covid testing. “To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 during this period of heightened risk, we’re implementing new temporary health and safety measures for anyone accessing our sites in the US,” a Google spokesperson said.
Google’s vaccination policy has likewise been fairly strict. If employees did not comply with the company’s vaccination policies, they would lose salary and potentially be dismissed.
The Omicron variant, which contains a number of critical mutations, has spread rapidly over the world, shattering records for new cases every day in the United States.
The variant is now responsible for more than 98 percent of Covid cases in the United States, according to the CDC, having replaced the Delta form in less than a month.
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