Very similar to how the NFL and MLB dealt with their ongoing seasons, the NBA is making gamers who aren’t vaccinated towards COVID-19 stay and work beneath restrictions much like these used throughout the 2020-21 marketing campaign, earlier than the secure vaccines have been out there to all personnel.
One twist, nevertheless, is that unvaccinated NBA gamers employed by the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors at present cannot take part in dwelling video games as a result of each New York Metropolis and San Francisco require such athletes to point out proof of vaccination or of an permitted medical or non secular exemption to enter arenas. Gamers who miss video games solely as a result of they don’t seem to be vaccinated may very well be made to forfeit their pay for these contests.
These well being orders so far do not apply to out-of-market gamers who journey to New York and San Francisco, however it nonetheless appears that the majority of the league has heard the message about receiving one of many vaccines loud and clear.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday the NBA has now reached a 95% coronavirus vaccination threshold amongst gamers.