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Apple giving employees paid time off to get COVID-19 vaccine

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in December that he is expecting to have more employees return to corporate offices as soon as June. 

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Updated: March 31, 2021 - 11:40am

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Apple is offering paid time off to employees so they can receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The company is also offering paid sick leave for those that suffer from the side effects of the vaccinations. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in December that he is expecting to have more employees return to corporate offices as soon as June. However, on Tuesday he told staff, "We have also learned a great deal about how we can get our work done outside of the office without sacrificing productivity or results."

Earlier this month, the company was reported to have reopened all 270 of its U.S. stores, one year after they were shut down due to the coronavirus, Bloomberg News reported.

Last year, Apple offered employees unlimited paid leave if they developed symptoms of the coronavirus. The company also offered COVID-19 tests to employees working at its headquarters.

Apple also updated Apple Maps to include COVID-19 vaccine providers in the U.S. Google added a comparable feature to Google Maps earlier this year.

In California, where Apple headquarters is located, residents 50 and older are eligible to receive vaccinations starting April 1. Residents 16 and older may receive vaccines starting April 15.

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