With COVID-19 Delta Variant on the Rise, Apple has set up an internal web page hosting Talks and Urging Employees to get Vaccinated
Last Friday we reported that a memo to staff, sent by human resources and retail head Deirdre O’Brien, strongly encouraged staff to get vaccinated. The company has yet to require vaccinations or testing, though it's upping its testing program to as many as three at-home coronavirus tests per week.
Today, Apple launched a new internal web page, sent a memo to employees and is hosting internal talks as part of the campaign. Sumbul Desai, Apple’s vice president of health efforts, and Kristina Raspe, vice president in charge of real estate, are also hosting talks to encourage employees to get the shots.
The Memo plainly requested that everyone who has access to the vaccine and is able to get vaccinated, to do so as soon as you possible.
The company’s web page for employees discusses Covid-19’s delta variant and explains how a vaccine could help prevent its spread. The company also emphasized that the version made by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE has received official approval from the FDA. For more, read the full Bloomberg report.
A report today claimed that A small-but-growing body of research suggests the highly contagious Delta variant raises your risk of serious illness. Studies from Scotland, Canada and Singapore thus far claim that patients with the Delta variant have longer stay at the hospital and ICU units.
While more research is needed, Dr. Abraar Karan, an infectious disease fellow in Stanford University's division of infectious diseases and geographic medicine, said any signals that delta might cause more severe infections are concerning, given how many people remain unvaccinated and susceptible to this virus.
Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious diseases specialist with McMaster University in Hamilton who is familiar with the three papers stated that "People are ending up more in hospital, more requiring oxygen, more requiring ventilation — at younger ages."