The company notified workers that it will cease offering on-site testing after July 30, according to a notification Amazon shared with workers in its employee app, called A to Z, viewed by CNN Business. The company cited that Covid-19 testing and vaccines are now widely available.
For Amazon, workplace safety has been a heated topic since the start of the pandemic. In October, Amazon said more than 19,000 of its front-line US employees at Amazon and Whole Foods had tested positive or been presumed positive for the coronavirus. It was the first time the company shed light on how its workforce had been affected by Covid-19 after months of both internal and external pressure for more transparency.
The company has frequently touted its over 150 safety-related updates to ensure the health and safety of its employees, some of which it has started to pull back in recent months. In late May, Amazon informed workers that it would lift its mask mandate for its fully vaccinated warehouse employees. That change came after guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated people can go without masks in most circumstances as long as it is in line with workplace and local business policies.