What you need to know
- Apple is asking all of its employees in the United States to disclose if they are vaccinated against COVID-19.
- The company says that the request is voluntary.
Apple is asking that all of its employees tell the company whether or not they are vaccinated against COVID-19.
As reported by Bloomberg, the company has sent out a new memo that asks employees to report on their vaccination status. According to the memo, the request is voluntary and, if an employee does wish to participate, the response deadline is September 17.
The company says that such data will not be shared with employee's managers. However, additional information like building location could be required depending on what Apple decides is needed to implement return to work strategies.
Apple has been trying to return to the office for months now, but the Delta variant of COVID-19 has pushed the company's plans back until at least January of 2022. In the meantime, the company has reinstated the mask mandate at most of its retail stores, launched a new at-home testing program, and has also partnered with Walgreens to get its employees and their household vaccinated.
Apple has still stopped short of a vaccine mandate, a move that other major technology companies like Facebook and Google have put into place.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.