Apple will require COVID-19 vaccine shots for its employees: report

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Apple will require COVID-19 vaccine shots for its employees: report

Apple Inc AAPL.O will require retail and corporate employees to provide proof of a COVID 19 booster shot, The Verge reported on Saturday.

The report said that employees who don't submit proof of vaccination will need negative COVID 19 tests to enter Apple workplaces starting January 24, unvaccinated employees or those who haven't submitted proof of vaccination. The Verge said it was not immediately clear if the testing requirement applies to both corporate and retail employees.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

Many companies in the U.S. have been strengthening their COVID 19 rules, mandating vaccination and delaying back-to office plans due to the Omicron variant increasing infections across the country.

This week, Facebook parent Meta Platforms FB.O mandated COVID 19 booster shots for all workers returning to offices. It also delayed the U.S. office reopenings to March 28, from an earlier plan of Jan. 31.

Alphabet Inc.'s Google GOOGL.O said on Friday it was temporarily mandating weekly COVID- 19 tests for people entering its U.S. offices. According to a report by The Information, Amazon.com Inc. has offered its U.S warehouse workers $40 to get a booster shot.