Apple will now require employees to submit proof of COVID-19 booster shot or face frequent testing

Apple now requires store and corporate employees to get a COVID-19 booster shot or face frequent testing, according to an internal email seen by The Verge.

Apple Face Mask
Apple employee wearing an Apple Face Mask

Emma Roth and Zoe Schiffer for The Verge:

Once an employee is eligible to get a booster shot, they will have four weeks to comply, otherwise, they will need to take frequent tests to enter a retail store, partner store, or Apple office starting on February 15th. Apple will require unvaccinated employees — or those who haven’t yet submitted proof of vaccination — to provide negative COVID-19 rapid antigen tests before entering the workplace beginning on January 24th, although it’s unclear whether this applies to both corporate and retail employees.

Last year, Apple asked that unvaccinated corporate employees take daily tests before entering the office, with unvaccinated retail workers testing twice per week. The company also began requiring vaccinated individuals to take COVID-19 tests once every week, and later lowered the frequency of these tests. It appears that Apple’s “infrequent” testing policy no longer applies to employees who don’t receive the booster shot by Apple’s deadline, however.

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  1. Stand up to the tyranny, people. If you don’t, you’re probably not going to like what they force on you next. They have chosen this season to reveal to us what they have always thought we are: sheep. They do not believe we have God-ordained rights to our own bodies.

  2. I am grateful that MDN allows discourse about the most consequential period of time in at least the last century. Twitter, YouTube, MacRumors, 9to5, et al., disallow any point of view that does not go along with the official narrative regarding C*vid, and I commend MDN for having the gumption to allow contrary views.

    1. Fascists claim those companies are private enterprise and have the discretion of serving whomever they choose. The technocracy gets to make the rules with no representation. The have the power to do that because they have become massive while we all have surrendered our data, friend networks and online freedom to them. There is no cohesive movement to leave their digital grasp. I would not be shocked at all if we found out there is conspiracy between the Valley and DC/MIC. DC could deny speech and services by proxy with no law or executive order written. No due process. No 4th amendment. No guarantee of appeal. (nasally, condescending voice): “it’s a private company.”

    2. The censorship of dissenting views fits neatly into a conspiracy theorist’s worldview, but more boringly it’s merely to protect the public from dangerous misinformation.

  3. Apple is now considering compelling homosexual employees to undergo conversion therapy so they won’t be as prone to get or spread AIDS. Any employee who refuses will be required to be tested daily to wear chastity belts.

  4. Apple is looking after its business as all companies should do. Those who are fully vaccinated and boosted are statistically less likely to get serious COVID symptoms should they be infected and thus will recover more quickly and be able to return to work sooner.
    In similar fashion, many companies offer their employees incentives and discounts to join exercise programs and gyms as they know that healthier workers are sick less often in general.

    1. What’s the logic here, we are forcing you to take 4 vaccine shots in one year so you have a day less of symptoms? Everyone I know who has this thing and is vaxxed is not having easier symptoms. Whereas many people last year before the vaccine had mild cases.

      1. No, it’s so you have a 20x less chance of dying, which will only improve as tailred vaccines from mRNA technology come on-line.

        Everything else you said is poor quality BS

    2. Actually, the fully vaccinated are getting COVID more often than those who are unvaxxed, and as a bonus, they have destroyed their own immune systems with poisons that cause heart attack, stroke, blood clots, Parkinson’s, etc. etc. etc.

  5. Remember when Phil Schiller was introducing that garbage can junk of an Apple computer and said, “Can’t innovate anymore, my ass”?

    Remember when Apple touted as a company to “think different”?

    Think different, MY ASS!

  6. Why shouldn’t “boosted” employees be tested daily? Current data clearly shows that they can contract and infect covid exactly the same. Seems like a very dangerous policy… Money saving?

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