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NBA players won’t be required to get COVID-19 Vaccine

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The NBA won’t force its players to get the COVID-19 vaccine for the upcoming season according to ESPN.

The NBA and NBPA continue to negotiate aspects of COVID-related protocols and procedures for the upcoming season but the NBPA has refused to budge on its demand that players not be required to take the vaccine.

The league is requiring all officials and employees to be vaccinated.

The league has said in the past about 85% of its players are vaccinated.

The NBA informed teams in early September that new laws in both New York and San Francisco regarding vaccine requirements will be enforced for members of the Nets, Knicks and Warriors including for their teams’ players unless there is an approved medical or religious exemption, ESPN reported.