Report: NBA won't require players to be vaccinated
NBA players won't be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021-22 season, sources told ESPN's Baxter Holmes and Adrian Wojnarowski.
While fully vaccinated players won't require regular testing, those who aren't fully vaccinated will need to have one negative test on practice or travel days, and two negative tests on game days, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Approximately 85% of players are already vaccinated, according to the league.
All NBA referees and most NBA staff need to be vaccinated, and all team personnel working within 15 feet of players this season are required to be vaccinated by Oct. 1.
While some players may be able to participate in games without being vaccinated, those who suit up for teams in the New York and San Francisco markets (the Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Golden State Warriors) face stricter regulations. It was reported earlier in September that unvaccinated players in those areas won't be able to enter their home arenas or team facilities to participate in events - including NBA games - unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption.
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