Unlike referees and part of the staff, NBA players will be able to continue to exercise their profession even without being vaccinated.
The COVID-19 epidemic is not under control, although containments and restrictive measures seem – for now – behind us. But with the new variants that emerge, the NBA will have to prepare for a season that is still a bit special with a health protocol to put in place. Among the topics discussed, the obligation for players to be vaccinated. Well, discussed… in fact, not at all. The athletes’ union directly put a stop to the issue. There is no negotiation possible .
As a result, players will not be forced to be vaccinated to return to the field. Unlike the referees and part of the NBA staff. According to the league spokesperson, around 85% of pros are protected by the two doses at present. A very large majority therefore. But some categorically refuse to be vaccinated.
The NBA is considering a different organization for these players. Perhaps with separate meals and trips. What would seem very special all the same… they are anyway for the moment just proposals and not final decisions.
Players of the Golden State Warriors and the two New York franchises could, however, be required to be vaccinated due to local laws.