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Starting next month, Apple is ramping up COVID-19 testing requirements for employees. According to The Verge's Zoe Schiffer, unvaccinated employees will be required to get frequent COVID-19 tests, while vaccinated employees will receive infrequent tests if going into an office or store.

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Unlike other tech companies, such as Google and Facebook, Apple has not mandated vaccines for its employees and still does not require workers to get vaccinated to remain at Apple. Prior to the upcoming testing mandate, testing was encouraged, but not required.

Apple earlier this month began asking employees to provide details on their vaccination status, and it has been pushing vaccines through an internal vaccination campaign.

Apple offers vouchers to get employees vaccinated through Walgreens along with on-site vaccinations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Austin. Paid time off is available for vaccine appointments, as is paid sick leave for those who experience side effects.

Many corporate employees are still working from home at this point and will not be returning to the office until January at the earliest, but Apple also has a large retail workforce.

The details on Apple's testing plans came from today's company-wide town hall meeting, where Cook also spoke on plans for a hybrid work model going forward. "We learned as a company what it means for everyone to come in everyday because we did that before," he said. "We know what it's like when hardly anyone comes in. We don't really know about the middle range. We need to learn."

Cook said that Apple is committed to learning and tweaking its plans going forward, and he said that Apple plans to give everyone an extra three days off next quarter. In the U.S., employees will receive this time off on Thanksgiving week.

Article Link: Apple to Require COVID Testing for Employees Starting Next Month, Still No Vaccine Mandate
 

DFZD

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Oh boy!

Looks like a safe approach politically but really a risky one if you weigh in the health risks considering that more than 40% people are still not fully vaccinated in CA and there are 12,000 new cases each day.
 
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goofy810

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Oh wow! Just get the vaccine and save your and others life.

These unvaccinated employees are expecting what in return a free iPhone 13 Pro/Pro max or what?
Umm NO
Why do folks not get it, The science is not settled. Yes it seems good and seems the risk is small for side effects but TIME will tell. It should be a personal choice nothing more get the vax don't get the vax its not anyone but the individuals choice and info!!!
 

goofy810

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I am glad Apple is going with the MUCH safer and fair path. Testing should be done for all not just unvaccinated. Also a vaccine should never never never be pushed on anyone. Especially a vaccine that has not been out long enough to have long term data on side effects!!!

Thank you apple for respecting everyone's choice.
 

TheYayAreaLiving 🎗

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Umm NO
Why do folks not get it, The science is not settled. Yes it seems good and seems the risk is small for side effects but TIME will tell. It should be a personal choice nothing more get the vax don't get the vax its not anyone but the individuals choice and info!!!
So, this whole health department and FDA.. is a joke?



I would rather people live a long healthier life then worrying about if it’s approved or not.
 
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h3ysw5nkan

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Umm NO
Why do folks not get it, The science is not settled. Yes it seems good and seems the risk is small for side effects but TIME will tell. It should be a personal choice nothing more get the vax don't get the vax its not anyone but the individuals choice and info!!!
Earth is flat and rockets just get smaller as they fly because of fuel consumption. Who would doubt that?

Why do you think Australia shipping is so expensive? Because they are literally on the opposite side of the earth. There is an elevator to the other side, but CCP claims it’s theirs and charges a toll for anyone wish to pass.
 
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TheYayAreaLiving 🎗

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I work for law enforcement. This is a local news that was hit recently in our department. It’s sad people.


 
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Sciomar

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So, this whole health department and FDA.. is a joke?



I would rather people life a long healthier life then worrying about if it’s approved or not.
Fear peddling is a rather trashy take, what if said employees have previously recovered from COVID.

They should mandate a vaccine for anyone to use their phones, and see how quickly people get their shots..
How very authoritarian of you.
 

Sciomar

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Time has already told. The science is settled. Just admit that you're more scared of a shot than is a toddler who needs his lollipop. Choosing not to get vaccinated is simply selfishness.
Science is never settled, otherwise it would not be science. It should always remain open to new studies and understanding as technology improves and our access to different test methods are discovered/developed.
 

dk001

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Time has already told. The science is settled. Just admit that you're more scared of a shot than is a toddler who needs his lollipop. Choosing not to get vaccinated is simply selfishness.

Far from settled.
We are missing a lot of key data points.
A lot of the actions are politically driven.
We have nowhere enough long term data.

That’s just some of what is missing.
 

aesc80

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Science is never settled, otherwise it would not be science. It should always remain open to new studies and understanding as technology improves and our access to different test methods are discovered/developed.
READ: Because nothing is ever for certain, it should never be fully trusted. Since improvements and "the better version" can always happen, I'm never getting the current one.

Of allllll the places this can be interpreted, its at a place where we criticize the same thing we get excited about as "the next big thing". I'm waiting for iPhone Ultima ... enjoy your defective iPhones, peeps!
 

contacos

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Big deal. I have a company meeting for the first time since last February next week and everyone has to be vaccinated AND get tested every morning (4 days Convention). You will receive a wrist band to show you’ve been tested negative to enter


The one thing you seldom see is how they plan on handling those that have had Covid and are now disease free.
Here in Germany you basically have the same freedom as fully vaccinated people but you need to get a single dose after 128 (?) days
 
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