Unvaccinated Amazon workers who catch Covid will not be eligible for paid leave

Unvaccinated Amazon workers who catch Covid will not be eligible for paid leave after 18 March, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters.

The email also told workers that they will no longer be required to ware masks inside warehouses come Friday if they have been fully vaccinated.

“There has been a sharp decline in Covid-19 cases across the country over the past weeks. Along with increasing vaccination rates across the country, this is a positive sign we can return to the path to normal operations,” the memo said, per The Journal.

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Data from Johns Hopkins University showed this week that cases and hospitalisations have seen a sharp decline.

Several Democrat-governed US states also announced they would be cutting back on mask mandates despite the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention continuing to recommend masking indoors in much of the country.

The ecommerce giant reintroduced a mask mandate inside its warehouses in December after a surge of cases caused by the Omicron variant.

Amazon told its staff last month that it was reducing the amount of time workers are able to take off as a result of Covid infection from 10 days to seven followed revised guidance from the CDC.

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