Some Apple employees are being asked their COVID-19 vaccination status

Apple Store Fifth Avenue New York
Apple Store Fifth Avenue New York (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple is asking employees at some locations about their COVID-19 vaccination status.
  • Employees don't have to respond, but they'll be assumed to be unvaccinated if they don't.

Apple is reportedly asking employees at some locations whether they are vaccinated or not. Employees don't have to answer, but those who choose not to will be assumed to not be vaccinated and may be subject to additional health and safety protocols.

According to a new series of tweets by The Verge's Zoë Schiffer, Apple is asking some employees their current vaccination status, with confidential responses covering whether they're "fully vaccinated, have had a partial dose, are not vaccinated, or do not wish to share."

However, those who decide not to share their vaccination status may have to deal with additional health and safety protocols because Apple will assume they are unvaccinated.

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Apple's response to COVID-19 has been swift and decisive throughout the pandemic and it was one of the first companies to close retail outlets last year. It also recently delayed plans to have employees return to Apple Park and other offices, amid concerns that the virus is a continued threat to its workers.

Apple will surely have been hoping for a different outcome and would prefer to have everyone back in the office. It has a busy few months ahead with iPhone 13 just the tip of the iceberg. It's set to be the best iPhone yet and will likely be joined by new Apple Watches, iPads, and Macs before the year comes to a close.

Apple's office-based employees continue to push for more flexibility in terms of working from home, although CEO Tim Cook has so far been adamant that in-person working is required where possible.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.