NBA players will not be mandated to get vaccinated against Covid-19, according to league sources.
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association, NBPA, continue to negotiate aspects of Covid-related protocols and procedures for the upcoming 2021-22 campaign.
However the NBPA has refused to budge on its demand that players not be required to take the vaccine, sources say, and any proposal that mandates vaccination remains a “non-starter”.
NBA referees and most NBA staff are mandated to be vaccinated.
Roughly 85% of players are vaccinated, as the league outlined a set of strict protocols for unvaccinated players.
Such protocols include having lockers far from vaccinated teammates and having to eat, fly and ride buses in different sections. These protocols are not final and are still subject to talks with the NBPA.
In late August, the NBA informed teams that personnel under team control who worked within 15 feet of players or officials during games would be required to be fully vaccinated by October 1.