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Unvaccinated Amazon Workers to Lose Paid COVID-19 Leave

Vaccinated workers, meanwhile, may not need to wear masks in warehouses.

Amazon workers will have the choice to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk not receiving paid leave should they contract the virus.

The company announced workers who catch COVID-19 and are not fully vaccinated will not be eligible for paid leave after March 18. 

This follows a January decision to decrease the amount of paid leave a worker infected with COVID-19 could take from 10 days to seven. 

Business Insider reports Amazon also informed workers that those who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks inside warehouses if local regulations permit. 

The e-commerce company’s mask policy has flipped multiple times; the last change required all workers to be masked in December during a spike in Omicron cases. 

Although the CDC still recommends masking indoors in much of the country, some states are amending their respective mandates. 

Twelve states, 10 of which have Democratic governors, have announced intentions to relax mask mandates since Jan. 1.

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