Now that we know that the covid-19 vaccines are not a slam dunk against the infection and spread of the coronavirus, the National Basketball Association is maintaining its position on vaccine mandates for players, coaches and other league employees for the upcoming season.
“While the NBA still strongly suggests that all players, coaches and staff receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the league will not implement a vaccine mandate for next season,” according to Yahoo! Sports. Unvaccinated players may be subject to periodic testing “pending discussions with the National Basketball Players Association.”
The announcement is in line with the NBA’s health and safety policies from last season, when vaccine requirements were left up to local cities and states.
Players were not required to receive the vaccine, but they had to follow local guidelines, and unvaccinated players were subject to more stringent testing and restrictions, according to the news report. Most players chose to get vaccinated, with the league boasting a 95% vaccination rate last season. Still, dozens of players tested positive for COVID-19.