Apple to require employees show proof of COVID-19 booster

Based on a policy update, Apple employees will now be required to show proof that they have received a COVID-19 booster shot.
Based on a policy update, Apple employees will now be required to show proof that they have received a COVID-19 booster shot. Photo credit Getty Images

Based on a policy update, Apple employees will now be required to show proof that they've received a COVID-19 booster shot.

Starting Feb. 15, eligible employees will have four weeks to get a shot or will need to take a coronavirus antigen test each time before entering a retail store, partner store or Apple office, The Verge reported Sunday, citing an internal email.

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Unvaccinated employees will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test to enter Apple workplaces beginning Jan. 24.

"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," Apple stated in the memo.

In December, Apple announced an indefinite delay to in-person work due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.