Coronavirus | Centene extends back-to - office date to mid October

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Aug 5 - Health insurer Centene Corp on Thursday extended its back-to-office date to mid October and said it would require all employees to present proof of COVID 19 vaccination as soon as possible.

The insurer said employees who do not provide proof of vaccination will have to undergo regular COVID - 19 tests and wear masks at all times while in the company offices.

A surge in COVID - 19 cases due to the contagious Delta variant of coronavirus and new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that recommends fully vaccinated individuals wear masks, have led many U.S. companies to rethink their policies or products.

Some of the biggest corporate America's names, including Walmart Inc and Apple Inc have taken action following the CDC's guidance.

Centene, which has deferred its first phase of return to office from sept. 13 to Oct. 18, said it would require employees who need to visit customer homes or clinical facilities to be fully vaccinated.