Unvaccinated Apple employees will have to undergo a higher frequency of COVID-19 testing as they will need to enter the offices of the Cupertino tech giant.
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TOPSHOT – Attendees gather for a product launch event at Apple’s Steve Jobs Theater on September 12, 2018, in Cupertino, California. – The new iPhones set to be unveiled on Wednesday offer Apple a chance to gain new momentum in a failed smartphone market as the California tech giant launches into new products and services to diversify. Apple was due to present three new iPhone models at its media event in Cupertino. campus, seeking in particular to strengthen its position in the premium smartphone market one year after the launch of its $ 1,000 iPhone X.
It should be noted that Apple has yet to ask its employees for their vaccinations. Instead, the iPhone maker is adding a new protocol that would ensure its offices are safe from the raging threat of the novel coronavirus.
Apple’s unvaccinated employees and daily COVID-19 tests
According to the latest report from BloombergApple will soon require its company employees, who have declared themselves unvaccinated against COVID-19, to take tests every day they report to work.
In addition, the latest protocol will also apply to employees who refused to inform the Cupertino giant of their vaccination status.
In contrast, Apple employees who have declared themselves vaccinated will have to test themselves less frequently than those without a COVID-19 jab. To be precise, vaccinated staff will only need to take their rapid test once a week.
Bloomberg further revealed in its report that Apple had already informed its employees of the requirement for more frequent testing, noting that it would go into effect on November 1.
Apple’s unvaccinated employees in retail stores
Meanwhile, Apple employees in its retail store have a different protocol to follow than their corporate staff.
Instead of having to undergo COVID testing daily, retail workers will only need to test twice a week to report to duty at work.
On the other hand, vaccinated staff at Apple stores will also need to take their rapid COVID tests once a week.
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Apple employee vaccination status
On top of that, the Cupertino giant is giving its employees until October 24 to voluntarily provide their vaccination status to the tech company ahead of the rollout of the new testing requirement, according to 9 to 5 Mac.
It should be noted that Apple previously delayed the deadline for its program to apply for the vaccination status of its employees last September.
However, it turns out that the tech giant has already decided on a new deadline for this, as the testing requirement is set to take place next month.
On September 2, Apple announced that it would request vaccine information from its employees, but noted that their staff could choose not to provide their status.
Nonetheless, it turns out that those who do not give their jab information will be considered by the company as unvaccinated, which also applies to the latest testing rules.
Since last August, Apple has complied with its decision not to apply any vaccine mandate to its workforce. Instead, the iPhone maker will focus on speeding up COVID testing for its employees.
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