Apple is seriously considering forcing its employees in the United States to get vaccinated when they come to the office. The Cupertino company has already postponed a return to offices until October, granting a month more grace than its original plan. Other companies in the sector, such as Google or Facebook, have already indicated that they will require the vaccination of their staff who work in person.
Mandatory vaccinations to return to work at Apple?
The expansion of the Delta variant of the coronavirus in the United States has caused a further change of plans. Some of the country’s biggest tech companies are already planning to force vaccinations so they can return to offices. Specifically, Google has already said it requires its employees to be vaccinated for face-to-face work.
. @ tim_cook spoke with me yesterday about this same issue at @Apple:
“… Our main focus right now is knowing when to come back… we pushed it back from early September until at least October… we are monitoring things daily to really conclude if this is the right answer or not” https: // t .co / zhBqwocynm
– Josh Lipton (@CNBCJosh) July 28, 2021
Asked about this by CNBC reporter Josh Lipton, Tim Cook assured that they were considering the obligation of the vaccine to return to the office. Specifically, he said that:
Our main focus right now is knowing when to come back. We postponed it from early September to at least October. We are monitoring the situation daily to see if [la vacuna obligatoria] is the correct answer or not.
Cook thus leaves in the air the obligation to be vaccinated to return to the offices of Apple. At least in the United States, where it looks like there would be no legal problem doing so. Other countries could present obstacles or directly prohibit this requirement, although this remains to be verified.
Compulsory vaccination for a very face-to-face work model
Given that Apple seeks to do without telecommuting indefinitely and will force its employees to come to the office at least three days a week, there is a high probability that it will join Google and Facebook’s decision. The two companies have been more open to indefinite teleworking, while Apple maintains a hybrid model even at the risk of resignations.
Until now, vaccination in the United States has been voluntary. Although it was one of the first countries to roll out COVID-19 vaccination, its vaccination rate has slowed in recent weeks. So much so that cities like New York will offer $ 100 to anyone who wants to be vaccinated in a downtown area. This measure is in addition to another which requires all city officials to be vaccinated in order to work. The alternative is to undergo strict weekly tests.
In Spain, there is no mandatory national law to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, although at regional level Galicia has created it with fines of up to 3,000 euros. Remember, you might very well have to face a fight in court by those who defend individual rights. A legal measure promoted by the central government would have a better chance of succeeding.