Apple Launches Employee Program for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Apple is launching a program that will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to its employees at Apple offices, reports Bloomberg. Apple is teaming up with Walgreens Boots Alliance to provide the shots, and employees will be able to sign up on a website that Apple will soon roll out.

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Apple in March promised time off for employees who need to recover from getting vaccinated, but at the time said that it did not have a way to provide vaccinations. With vaccine availability expanding widely in the United States, Apple is now able to provide additional help to employees who still need the vaccine.

In California, where Apple's main corporate campuses are located, all individuals over the age of 16 have been eligible for a vaccine since April 15. Demand in the Bay Area is high, however, and it can be difficult for individuals living in and around Cupertino to conveniently get vaccinated.

Apple's vaccination program is voluntary, and Apple is offering sick leave for employees who need time to recover from symptoms after receiving the vaccine.

With employees able to be vaccinated, Apple may also be able to get them back in offices sooner, though Bloomberg says the company has not asked employees to return nor has it set a firm date for employees to return after getting vaccinated. Apple CEO Tim Cook has, however, told employees that a large number of them will begin returning in June.

Back in March, Cook said that he "can't wait" for employees to return to the office as person-to-person interactions are essential for generating new ideas. "Innovation isn't always a planned activity," Cook said. "It's bumping into each other over the course of the day and advancing an idea that you just had. And you really need to be together to do that."

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Top Rated Comments

Mousse Avatar
41 months ago

I’m really surprised by how many are pushing for an unapproved vaccine.
The alternative is hundred of thousands, maybe millions, dying. It takes years for a vaccine to be certified safe. I'd rather take an experimental vaccine that's proven effective rather than be holed up for another 3 years while maybe millions die needlessly.

Edit: getting my 2nd shot of Moderna this Saturday.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
benshive Avatar
41 months ago

I’m really surprised by how many are pushing for an unapproved vaccine.
What do you mean by unapproved? The Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for emergency use, went through a trial with 43,448 participants, and is demonstrably doing a good job of inoculating populations to the virus.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LeadingHeat Avatar
41 months ago
So sad to see that this needs to be in the political section on MR. That being said, I’m glad that it’s not mandatory. Things like this should be voluntary. (If you believe in it, then get it by all means. But if you don’t believe in it, then you shouldn’t be forced to get it to be employed).
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
I7guy Avatar
41 months ago

I’m really surprised by how many are pushing for an unapproved vaccine.
I'm really surprised by how many are really questioning if this is necessary?
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
countryside Avatar
41 months ago
Surprised it’s voluntary.

EDIT: FYI - I don't want it.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jav6454 Avatar
41 months ago

No, as it goes against the Nuremberg Code.
Wrong, Nuremberg covers experiments. The vaccine isn't an experiment. It's under EUA, but it left the experiment stages (Phase 1 & 2) long ago.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)