Apple Urges Staff To Get COVID-19 Vaccine
Apple is embarking on a positive PR trail after encouraging employees to get the COVID-19 vaccines by offering paid time off and paid pandemic sick leave.
The tech giant has offered paid time off to staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms since the start of the pandemic.
According to staff familiar with the matter, Apple told employees it will not have access to the vaccine and won’t be providing shots itself to workers, Bloomberg reports.
Apple has however offered on-site COVID-19 testing for staff returning to offices and have offered mail-in testing kits for retail and corporate employees.
Many corporate employees in Apple’s 38,000-strong workforce in California are still working from home, while the majority of its retail stores in the US and beyond have reopened.
Apple is reportedly planning to have more staff return to its corporate offices as early as June.
CEO Tim Cook told his staff there was “no replacement” for in-person collaboration.
“There’s no replacement for face-to-face collaboration, but we have also learned a great deal about how we can get our work done outside of the office without sacrificing productivity or results,” he told staff last year.
“When we’re on the other side of this pandemic, we will preserve everything that is great about Apple while incorporating the best of our transformations this year.”