NBA makes final decision on COVID-19 vaccine mandates
The NBA season is still a ways away but the league has decided to make a decision on their COVID-19 protocols for the 2021-2022 season. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the NBA has announced its decision.
NBA players will not be mandated to get vaccinated against COVID-19, league sources tell ESPN.
The NBPA has been consistent on its stance to not require players to be vaccinated and that remains the case now. The NFL put their protocols in place, and the rules definitely favor vaccinated players, essentially encouraging them to get the vaccine.
The NBA–just like every sport–dealt with COVID-19 issues this past season and they hope nothing major happens for this upcoming campaign, although with the way everything is going, it seems as if it might be tricky again.
But, odd as it is, NBA staff and referees are required to be vaccinated, but players aren’t, so it will be interesting to see how everything plays out. But, for the states that do require vaccines for indoor activities, it was announced that those teams have to follow those guidelines, which includes California.
For now, the NBA has decided on this and it doesn’t appear to waver at any point, either.