Apple will have strict Covid testing rules for its unvaccinated employees

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midian182

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A hot potato: Although Apple is one of the few tech companies that doesn’t make vaccinations mandatory for staff, there are incoming rules for unvaccinated employees: they will be forced to take a Covid-19 test every time they want to enter an office.

Bloomberg reports that the daily testing will apply to employees who decline to report their vaccination status to Apple. Vaccinated staff, in contrast, will be required to take rapid tests once per week.

Only Apple's unvaccinated corporate employees will be required to take daily tests. Unvaccinated workers in the company’s retail stores will be asked to take a test twice per week, rather than each day they come into work. Vaccinated retail staff will still need to take rapid tests each week.

Apple is asking employees to report their vaccination status by October 24, which is later than the previous mid-September deadline, and must also show proof of their status in the coming days. The new testing requirements go into effect on November 1.

At-home rapid tests will be available from Apple offices and retail stores. A single test takes 15 minutes, and the results must be self-reported through an internal app.

Back in July, Apple, a long-time proponent of in-person rather than remote work, delayed its planned return to offices by a month in light of rising Covid-19 cases spurred by the Delta variant. In August, it delayed the return-to-work requirement again, until early 2022. Despite the daily testing mandate arriving soon, the company’s latest guidance is that staff should work in the office at least three days per week beginning in January. Employees will receive a one-month warning before they have to return.

Apple’s vaccination policies are certainly not as strict as many other companies. Facebook, Netflix, and Google, Walt Disney, Uber, Microsoft, Lyft, several large banks, and many more all require vaccines for workers.

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Sausagemeat

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I find it bizarre. The marina I’m currently working at has a strict vaccine only policy and we all had the vaccine months ago. But Covid still went through the workforce and hospitalised 2 people last month. They were both fine, maybe it would have been worse had they not been vaccinated but considering most of the company ended up having to isolate I don’t really understand why it’s a mandatory policy, the vaccine clearly doesn’t stop the virus from spreading.
 

king cleanass

Posts: 33   +49
I find it bizarre. The marina I’m currently working at has a strict vaccine only policy and we all had the vaccine months ago. But Covid still went through the workforce and hospitalised 2 people last month. They were both fine, maybe it would have been worse had they not been vaccinated but considering most of the company ended up having to isolate I don’t really understand why it’s a mandatory policy, the vaccine clearly doesn’t stop the virus from spreading.

-15000 social credit for this post. An armed Vaccine Facts team has been dispatched to your location! I suggest you make your peace with god.
 

Neatfeatguy

Posts: 558   +965
I don't understand the stupidity of all of this.

Vaccinated will carry the virus and can still become sick.
Unvaccinated will carry the virus and can still become sick.

What f'ing retards in charge actually think that only testing unvaccinated people is okay?

Take the flu as a great example. I haven't become sick from the flu for decades, yet my wife seems to get sick from a string of it almost every year. People at my work get sick from it and I'm around all these people. Most of them get a flu shot. They still carry the virus(es) and can pass them along.


The ignorance that runs rampant through the media and social media and the blind arrogance that people follow the stupidity.....it makes me wonder how much longer as a whole will the human race actually survive.
 

BadThad

Posts: 735   +830
It's funny, when it comes to abortion killing babies is acceptable and protected under the mantra "my body, my choice" it's just fine. However, when it comes to a vaccination, it no longer applies. The hypocrisy of the left has no bounds!
 

Ludak021

Posts: 574   +440
People that wanted the vaccine, took it already (where available) people that don't want the vaccine wont take it. It's their right.
Phizer figured this out and they are now making tablets/pills.

I hope it helps.

edit: Apple is doing this only in the US, because Biden made them do it.
 

Arbie

Posts: 299   +541
I'm very glad to see a company the size of Apple being so proactive. COVID-19 is the greatest public health concern in 100 years, and this time around we have the tools to defeat it. Meaning - save millions of lives AND not let it plague future generations.

I follow a lot of rules that defend public health and safety and am very willing to conform here too. It's just common sense.

Thank god for the vaccines! AND that our government has made them literally available on demand, at any drugstore. That's almost incredible. Now if only enough people will get out of their political wormholes, and stop looking for reasons to NOT do their part, we might win this battle. Which would be amazing.
 

UltraModernGuy

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It's funny, when it comes to abortion killing babies is acceptable and protected under the mantra "my body, my choice" it's just fine. However, when it comes to a vaccination, it no longer applies. The hypocrisy of the left has no bounds!
Abortions don't spread asymptomatically to an entire population, killing over 700,00 in the US or over 4 million worldwide. The vaccine helps lower the death toll. You'd think pro-life weirdos would be on-board with that. Hypocrisy? How about the pro-lifers who "care" about a fetus but don't give a **** about the human once they are born? You can find hypocrisy in just about every conservative talking point.
 

USAvenger

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Abortions don't spread asymptomatically to an entire population, killing over 700,00 in the US or over 4 million worldwide. The vaccine helps lower the death toll. You'd think pro-life weirdos would be on-board with that. Hypocrisy? How about the pro-lifers who "care" about a fetus but don't give a **** about the human once they are born? You can find hypocrisy in just about every conservative talking point.

The Left: "Healthcare is a human right!"
Also the Left: "They won't take the vaccine. Deny them healthcare!"

Please tell me more about this hypocrisy of which you speak. I need more comedy in my day.
 

Sausagemeat

Posts: 1,043   +869
. COVID-19 is the greatest public health concern in 100 years,

Lmao, I think you’ve been watching too much of the “news” channels pal.

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/the-top-10-causes-of-death

Covid is now less lethal than TB, which is a bacterial respiratory infection that’s highly contagious but we don’t bother with lockdowns and restrictions for that. The only reason the world is reacting the way it has to covid is because it overwhelms healthcare services, it’s not actually that lethal but a lot of people need hospital treatment. Oh and it’s the first thing to really threaten old white men for a while.
 

Neatfeatguy

Posts: 558   +965
Haha! (this isn't a laugh at the guy and girl that's sick in my story below, but it's a laugh against the vaccine and all the stupidity around it).

My younger brother just sent me a text message that one of his coworkers, she's gotten a pfizer shot (both doses) about 10 months back and just recently had a "booster" shot. She's horribly sick with covid and so is her boyfriend that's had a full vaccination and a booster as well. Both have fever, some shortness of breath, sore joints and extremely tired. They're expected to make a full recovery, so all is well on that aspect.

Good to see that those vaccinated when working anywhere, don't have to get tested, only the unvaccinated need to.
 

DZillaXx

Posts: 413   +530
Also the Left: "They won't take the vaccine. Deny them healthcare!"
Said no one ever.

The Right: So preoccupied with the left that they don't realize they make up the majority of the poor yet anything to change that is socialism. Honestly do you people really enjoy spending thousands on medical care?

As someone that is lucky enough to have a well paying career, I frequently disagree with both sides. We live in a country where you can bring in a low six figure income and still nearly live paycheck to paycheck.

The Right love to complain about a stupid mask or vaccine yet say nothing about companies being able to take advantage of them. Simply because they don't know any better. Turning everything into a monthly payment vs actually really investing into anything is a bane on the average American.

If you think the Government is the one taking advantage of Covid, guess again. Companies are posting record profit, and they are doing it via means that would have them in court pre-covid. Normally you wouldn't be able to take advantage of supply and demand in the way we've seen in the last year+.

If you don't agree to your work's policy. Quit! Getting vaccinated is as much as your choice as anything else. But just like drug tests at work, if you don't like it. Go somewhere else. Simple as that. Pro-Choice is just that, your ability to choose.
 

sreams

Posts: 191   +312
I'm very glad to see a company the size of Apple being so proactive.

Proactive... to what end? These vaccines are not sterilizing. They do not prevent spread. So what point is there in testing unvaccinated people way more often than vaccinated people other than to make life inconvenient for them?

Also, if you are going to be consistent, the people who should have the least restrictions are those who have previously recovered from the virus, as they have the strongest resistance.
 

Neatfeatguy

Posts: 558   +965
Said no one ever.

The Right: So preoccupied with the left that they don't realize they make up the majority of the poor yet anything to change that is socialism. Honestly do you people really enjoy spending thousands on medical care?

As someone that is lucky enough to have a well paying career, I frequently disagree with both sides. We live in a country where you can bring in a low six figure income and still nearly live paycheck to paycheck.

The Right love to complain about a stupid mask or vaccine yet say nothing about companies being able to take advantage of them. Simply because they don't know any better. Turning everything into a monthly payment vs actually really investing into anything is a bane on the average American.

If you think the Government is the one taking advantage of Covid, guess again. Companies are posting record profit, and they are doing it via means that would have them in court pre-covid. Normally you wouldn't be able to take advantage of supply and demand in the way we've seen in the last year+.

I hear Caribou Coffee is working on stock piling coffee beans amid fears of a possible shortage....might have some pretty pissed coffee drinkers on our hands soon if something should happen to the bean supply.

Now you have one company that has lots of coffee stores and they're working on stockpiling coffee beans. You know that other companies such as Hortons and Starbucks will be doing the same thing. And what happens when these big companies are buying up out of fear? They're causing an artificial shortage which impacts distributors and trickles down to the lowly coffee buying person standing in line.
 

sreams

Posts: 191   +312
If you think the Government is the one taking advantage of Covid, guess again. Companies are posting record profit, and they are doing it via means that would have them in court pre-covid.

It's almost as if you think government is somehow independent of these companies. Companies that are taking advantage of Covid are doing so with governments as their tools.
 

EnTaroTzula

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Its a good thing we all have the Freedom to take our skills elsewhere if we dont agree with policies that the companies we work for make. its part of the american dream, freedom of choice. and I suggest those who dont agree with their employers decision take their intellect elsewhere. thats where this conversation should end.
 

defaultluser

Posts: 280   +243
I find it bizarre. The marina I’m currently working at has a strict vaccine only policy and we all had the vaccine months ago. But Covid still went through the workforce and hospitalised 2 people last month. They were both fine, maybe it would have been worse had they not been vaccinated but considering most of the company ended up having to isolate I don’t really understand why it’s a mandatory policy, the vaccine clearly doesn’t stop the virus from spreading.


So, because we still have breakthrough cases (at much lower hospitalization rates for those vaccinated , see CDC) - just because people still get sick, you think this is all worthless?

Would you refuse future jabs for Tetanus, just because one of your friends got Lockjaw even after taking the vaccine? How about refusing Rabies vaccination after being bitten by a dog (because hey, it might not work, so why even bother trying?)

Your broken logic expects 100% success rates (every medical treatment on earth has a non-zero failure rate, so why bother trying? The reason we bother to attempt to treat is because the results are typically better after the treatment (you massively educe your chance to catch Lockjaw after Tetanus, just like you massively reduce your chance to catch Covid (and also reduce the intensity ) with a stab.
 
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BadThad

Posts: 735   +830
I'm very glad to see a company the size of Apple being so proactive. COVID-19 is the greatest public health concern in 100 years, and this time around we have the tools to defeat it. Meaning - save millions of lives AND not let it plague future generations.

I follow a lot of rules that defend public health and safety and am very willing to conform here too. It's just common sense.

Thank god for the vaccines! AND that our government has made them literally available on demand, at any drugstore. That's almost incredible. Now if only enough people will get out of their political wormholes, and stop looking for reasons to NOT do their part, we might win this battle. Which would be amazing.
Bend over like a good little lemming! COVID is FAR from the "greatest concern in 100 years". You need to study some history instead of watching CNN and MSNPC.

COVID is here to stay and it will NEVER end - mankind CANNOT win the battle. It's a virus, it will continue to mutate and spread FOREVER. Suggest you spend some time researching viruses instead of "learning" about them from the MSM.
 

Sausagemeat

Posts: 1,043   +869
So, because we still have breakthrough cases (at much lower hospitalization rates for those vaccinated , see CDC) - just because people still get sick, you think this is all worthless?

Would you refuse future jabs for Tetanus, just because one of your friends got Lockjaw even after taking the vaccine? How about refusing Rabies vaccination after being bitten by a dog (because hey, it might not work, so why even bother trying?)

Your broken logic expects 100% success rates (every medical treatment on earth has a non-zero failure rate, so why bother trying? The reason we bother to attempt to treat is because the results are typically better after the treatment (you massively educe your chance to catch Lockjaw after Tetanus, just like you massively reduce your chance to catch Covid (and also reduce the intensity ) with a stab.
Your putting words in my mouth, I did not say it was worthless.

Ive also at no point advocated refusing jabs and I have not refused the jab myself. So your second point is irrelevant.

Please actually read comments before replying. Once again, at no point have I ever advocated not having the jab…
 

DZillaXx

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It's almost as if you think government is somehow independent of these companies. Companies that are taking advantage of Covid are doing so with governments as their tools.

It been like that forever. This is nothing new.

Both Parties are at fault.

The Left and especially the Right continuously screw over the American people.

Regardless of what brain washing level you've been subjected to, a mask or Vaccine is not the issue here. They are just tools to keep peoples eyes off the real issue. If you don't want to wear a mask in a store (Not sure if that is even a thing still) go to a different store. If your work is forcing you to get a shot, find a new employer.

We are all slaves to the system. I have a good 10 years myself before I hit my F.I.R.E needs. Until them I'm as much of a slave to a paycheck as anyone else. How you spend your time during these years is important. If your job requires you to wear a mask everyday, maybe it is time to rethink employment if that is a problem for you. I for one only ever wore a mask when absolutely needed without my needing to waste my valuable time. I would have 100% found new employment if it was ever required. Know your worth!

Some of you just need to rethink you life instead of ranting about stupid masks and vaccines. No there isn't a chip in the shot, and getting one isn't going to harm you in any way.
 

sreams

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Its a good thing we all have the Freedom to take our skills elsewhere if we dont agree with policies that the companies we work for make. its part of the american dream, freedom of choice. and I suggest those who dont agree with their employers decision take their intellect elsewhere. thats where this conversation should end.

That isn't possible when federal mandates place restrictions on all companies that have X number of employees. There is no option to simply "take your business elsewhere".
 

sreams

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If you don't want to wear a mask in a store (Not sure if that is even a thing still) go to a different store. If your work is forcing you to get a shot, find a new employer.

You keep speaking about this as if there are no mandates. For many people, finding a different store or different employer would require traveling to another county, another state, or even another country in some cases.
 
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