Looks like the National Basketball Association is the first major sports league to mandate booster shots as we move deeper into “the new normal”.
Associated Press announced that vaccinated players will now be required the receive the booster shot, or fall subject to COVID testing for each game for the remaining season. the NBA and NBPA recommended a booster for those who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago or the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago, according to sources.
Meaning that payers who refuse the booster shot will be considered “unvaccinated”.
The ruling goes into effect less than a month (Dec. 1) since the new guideline’s announcement. In Israel, anyone who took their second jab more than 6 months ago is considered unvaccinated, the NBA is doing more or less the same.
97% of NBA players have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the league has said. The most notable holdout is Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving, who is not being allowed by the Nets to play until he gets vaccinated due to the state vaccine passport policies.
Despite a 97% vaccination rate, NBA players currently known to be in the league’s protocols include Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Matisse Thybulle and Isaiah Joe, San Antonio teammates Jakob Poeltl and Jock Landale, Cleveland teammates Kevin Love and Lauri Markkanen, and Chicago’s Nikola Vucevic.