Apple reportedly requiring COVID testing for vaccinated and unvaccinated employees

Apple might have some new COVID policies for employees

Apple might have some new COVID policies for employees.

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Apple employees heading back to the office or to Apple Stores will reportedly have to comply with a new COVID-19 company policy. Vaccinated and unvaccinated employees may be required to take COVID tests, with the latter receiving them frequently. 

Starting next month, a new Apple policy will require vaccinated employees to “infrequently” get tested for COVID when entering certain spaces, according to a report from The Verge on Friday. Unvaccinated employees, on the other hand, will reportedly face “frequent testing” to enter those same spaces.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Last month, the iPhone maker changed its return-to-office date from October to January 2022 due to the recent surge of coronavirus cases driven by the delta variant. Apple, like other tech companies such as Google and Facebook, had employees work remotely for most of the pandemic. 

President Joe Biden said last week that he’d have the Department of Labor implement a vaccine mandate for companies with more than 100 employees. The specifics of the policy will come from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration sometime soon. 

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