In initial locations, the company is reported to be seeking information on whether or not employees have received the vaccine. Any employee who does not wish to disclose is then considered to be non-vaccinated.
Apple is undertaking the first measures towards compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for its staff. The company is now said to be inquiring at several locations whether people working there have full vaccination protection, are partially vaccinated or have not yet received the vaccine against SARS-CoV-2.
The query is also “confidential,” it said. However, employees who do not want to follow along here have a disadvantage: they are then automatically considered unvaccinated, regardless of whether they have told Apple their vaccination status or not. An order to that effect can be read on Apple’s internal human resources website. However, there is no information there about what Apple intends to do with the information – for example, it does not state that unvaccinated people should no longer come to the office.
The fact that Apple is discussing a possible mandatory vaccination for employees had already been reported. Other tech giants like Google or Facebook have meanwhile introduced it for all office returnees. At Apple, there has so far been a dispute about something else: The use of the home office. The company actually wanted to bring its employees back into the office for at least three days a week starting in September. This, in turn, caused even public stink – many employees did not want to accept this.
Return from October
In the meantime, Apple has postponed the return to October at the earliest – there is now time to think about said mandatory vaccination. The query is limited to “certain locations”; it is currently unclear which these are. It is conceivable that Apple will base this on incidences or cases of illness at a location. Apple takes a similar approach with its stores; the company opens and closes depending on the local situation – at least during the Corona peak phase.