Apple has asked all U.S. employees to report their vaccination status voluntarily by mid-September, regardless of whether they are working remotely or from an office, Bloomberg is reporting.
The iPhone maker’s latest move in its Covid-19 campaign has once again stopped short of mandating the shots. Apple said it is using the data to inform its Covid-19 response efforts and protocols. The company had previously asked its employees in California, Washington, and New Jersey for this information to comply with local regulations.
“As Apple’s Covid-19 response continues to evolve, our primary focus remains keeping our team members, their friends and families, and our entire community healthy,” Apple said in the memo with a deadline of Friday, Sept. 17.
“It is possible your vaccination status may be used in an identifiable manner, along with other information about your general work environment such as your building location, if we determine or, if it is required that, this information is necessary in order to ensure a healthy and safe work environment,” Apple said in the memo.
Apple also told its employees that it is keeping the vaccine data “confidential and secure” by aggregating the information and not informing the managers of responses.