Amazon to end COVID-19 testing at warehouses end of July


FILE – In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo, Amazon packages move along a conveyor at an Amazon warehouse facility in Goodyear, Ariz. Amazon’s pandemic boom isn’t showing signs of slowing down. The company said Thursday, April 29, 2021, that its first-quarter profit more than tripled from a year ago, fueled by the growth of online shopping. It also posted revenue of more than $100 billion, the second quarter in row that the company has passed that milestone. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

NEW YORK — Amazon said it will stop testing its workers for COVID-19 at its warehouses at the end of July, citing the availability of vaccines and free testing.

The company began testing warehouse workers last year when tests were hard to find.

Warehouse workers, who were considered essential, went to work to pack and ship orders throughout the pandemic.

In May, the online shopping giant said fully vaccinated warehouse workers could stop wearing face masks inside its facilities as long as they uploaded a picture of their vaccine cards to an Amazon worker app.

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