Apple is taking the first steps towards compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for its employees. The group is now to ask in several branches whether the people working there have full vaccination protection, whether they are partially vaccinated or have not yet received the vaccine against SARS-CoV-2. As a journalist from the IT site The Verge writes, the information is initially voluntary.
The query was also “confidential”, it said. However, employees who do not want to participate here have a disadvantage: They are then automatically considered unvaccinated, regardless of whether they have notified Apple of their vaccination status or not. A corresponding arrangement can be read on Apple’s internal website for personnel administration. However, there is no information there about what Apple wants to do with the information – for example, it does not say that unvaccinated people should no longer come to the office.
Discussion is ongoing
It has already been reported that Apple is discussing a possible vaccination requirement for employees. Other tech giants like Google or Facebook have now introduced them for all office returnees. So far, Apple has had a different dispute: the use of the home office. The group actually wanted to bring its employees back to the office for at least three days a week from September. That in turn even caused public stink – many employees did not want to accept that.
Return from October
In the meantime, Apple has postponed the return to October at the earliest – there is now time to think about the said vaccination requirement. The query is limited to “certain locations”; it is currently unclear which these are. It is conceivable that Apple is based on incidences or cases of illness at one location. Apple is proceeding in a similar way with its stores; the group opens and closes depending on the local situation – at least in the corona peak.