About 85% of NBA players are vaccinated, but the Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins is not one of them, and it could cost Golden State dearly once the season begins.
ESPN sources have confirmed that Wiggins is upholding his earlier decision not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as reported in the Chronicle of San Francisco, worry Warriors officials that Wiggins could miss games.
Rusty Simmons of the Chronicle reported that Wiggins could try to get a religious exemption, which only the San Francisco Department of Public Health could issue.
“We are actively addressing the issue of requests for religious exemption from immunizations in many industries and will work with our business and entertainment community on the next steps,” the San Francisco Department of Public Health said in a statement to the newspaper. . “We will provide further clarification on this topic. “
As of August 20, the city of San Francisco began requiring proof of vaccine for participants at all major indoor events, including Warriors games.
New York City has a similar mandate that impacts Knicks and Brooklyn Nets players.
Wiggins, 26, expressed his opinion on the vaccine last March.
“At the moment, I don’t understand, but no one else understands it. I make my own decisions. But for now, I’ve decided not to get it, ”Wiggins said. “Yeah, I can’t really see myself getting it any time soon, unless I have to somehow have to.”
The number one pick in the 2014 Draft, Wiggins averaged 18.6 points on 47.7% shots, 2.4 assists and 4.9 rebounds for the Warriors last season.
While the NBA has only issued a vaccination warrant for league staff working within 15 feet of players and all game officials, unvaccinated players will need to follow much more stringent health and safety protocols. during the season.
Players such as Wiggins are said to be separated from vaccinated players in the locker room, while eating, taking the bus or flying.
They would also be required to undergo testing on match and training days and could be tested twice on certain match days.