Apple isn't requiring employees to get vaccinated, but it is making the requirements for unvaccinated workers more stringent: it will soon require unvaccinated employees and those who won't report their vaccination status to get COVID-19 tests every day in order to enter the office. The company's new rules will go into effect Nov. 1.
Meanwhile, unvaccinated retail store workers will need to test twice per week instead of every day they come to work. Vaccinated employees are required to get weekly rapid tests.
Apple last said it hoped to have corporate workers back in the office by January, months later than originally anticipated. The company has announced a few measures to incentivize people to get vaccines, but consistently stopped short of a mandate, unlike peers like Facebook and Google.
The company has asked employees to report their vaccination status by Sunday.