- Apple will offer employees paid free of charge vaccine deals, according to Bloomberg.
- The company will also offer employees sick pay if they experience side effects from the shot.
- Apple previously said employees will begin returning to the office in June.
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Apple is urging its employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine by offering free, according to a report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
Apple employees will reportedly be paid free of vaccine appointments, as well as sick pay if they experience side effects after the vaccine. The company does not have access to vaccines itself and will not give shots to its employees, reports Bloomberg.
An Apple spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.
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Many of Apple’s employees have been working remotely since March last year. Cook said in an interview on the “Outside Podcast” in December that about 15% of employees reported to Apple Park, Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.
Cook told former workers they would expect to start returning to the office in June 2021, although he warned that Apple would not “come back the way we were.”
“There are some things that actually work really well virtually,” Cook said in an interview with The Atlantic Festival last September.
Apple is known for its secrecy culture, and The Wall Street Journal reported last spring that working from home was challenging for employees. Some workers said they did not have access to internal systems outside the office due to Apple’s strict security measures, while others were confused about what work they were allowed to do from home.
The pandemic also affected a crucial aspect of Apple’s business: hardware manufacturing. As Bloomberg reported late last year, Apple created solutions, such as remote-controlled robots and iPads equipped with augmented reality software, to work with employees in factories in China.