NBA players will not be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine to play the coming season according to ESPN sources.
The league and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) are negotiating the terms of this season’s COVID health and safety protocols, but a vaccine mandate for the players was a “non-runner,” according to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes and Adrian Wojnarowski .
NEWS: There are vaccination warrants for NBA referees and most staff this season, but there won’t be any for players, league sources say @wojespn and me. History: https://t.co/n7ivUZ8zzd
– Baxter Holmes (@Baxter) September 14, 2021
According to an NBA spokesperson, about 85% of players are vaccinated.
The league already has protocols for unvaccinated players that would keep them as far away as possible from vaccinated teammates in the locker room while eating, taking the bus or flying.
Unvaccinated players would be required to undergo testing on match and training days and could be tested twice on certain match days.
They would also be subject to quarantine if they came into contact with someone who tested positive.
Unlike players, some NBA staff, those who work within 15 feet of players, and all game officials will need to be vaccinated by October 1.
Additionally, teams in New York and San Francisco will be required to follow those cities’ vaccination requirements, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the NBA has stretched, bent and redesigned league play to maintain and complete the last two seasons of the NBA.
The availability of a vaccine raised hopes that league and life, in general, “would return to normal” for the 2021-22 season, but misinformation and mistrust have led to only 179 million or 54 million. , 5% of the US population has been vaccinated so far.
Several players tested positive for COVID-19 last season with some time missing and / or with lingering symptoms when they return.
Former NBA player Cedric Ceballos, who was in ICU isolation last week, said he was COVID-free but still suffered from COVID-related issues and tweeted he couldn’t still not “breathe, walk or function” on my own yet.
The 2021-22 season begins October 19.