(Miami) The NBA has seen an increase in vaccination rates in recent days considering players who have received at least one of the necessary doses, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday.
Posted on September 30, 2021 at 7:56 p.m.
The league-wide rate is now around 95%, including those who are now at least in the immunization process, revealed the source, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the NBA and the Players Association did not. have made the data. public.
Based on an approximate number of nearly 600 NBA players currently in various training camps, that total will drop to nearly 500 when the season begins on October 19, the 95% number would suggest that, on average, one player per team does not. is vaccinated.
Earlier this week, The Associated Press reported that the vaccination rate in the NBA was 90%.
On Tuesday, the NBA gave teams interim health and safety protocols for the season, detailing how players who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine will be tested much more frequently than their vaccinated colleagues and will face many other restrictions.
Among the rules for unvaccinated players: they will not be able to eat in the same room with vaccinated colleagues or staff, they must have lockers as far away as possible from the vaccinated players, and they must remain masked and at least two meters apart. participants in any team meeting.
In addition, unvaccinated players “should stay home while in their team’s city,” according to what was written in the draft rules, obtained by The Associated Press.
Unvaccinated players will also need to stay in team hotels while traveling. In any case, there are limited exceptions allowed, such as shopping, taking children to school, etc.
Nearly half of the league’s teams have said in recent days that they are already fully vaccinated or about to reach that threshold. Other players, like Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors and Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards, mentioned that they were not yet vaccinated.
Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns has not disclosed his immunization status. The latter missed the start of the camp after testing positive for COVID-19. Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets also did not disclose his status, but his absence on Nets media day suggests he is not vaccinated.
Local laws in San Francisco and New York mean that Warriors, Nets and Knicks players will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to play at home. And if players like Wiggins or Irving can’t play at home due to their vaccination status, they won’t get paid for those games, the NBA said earlier this week.
The first preseason game takes place Sunday, when the Nets visit the Los Angeles Lakers.