NBA Vaccination Rate Rises to 95%

Warriors guard Stephen Curry in 2018
Warriors guard Stephen Curry in 2018. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

According to league sources, the NBA has reached a 95% vaccination rate for all its players. This indicates a steady rise in vaccinations since the start of training camps this week. The figure includes those players who have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The rise in the league’s vaccination rate is largely believed to be influenced by the NBA’s announcement earlier in the week, in which the league stated that unvaccinated players who miss games in New York City and San Francisco due to local vaccination mandates will lose out on their salary as well.

The NBA and the Players Association agreed on a strict set of rules for players to follow regarding COVID-19 vaccinations. According to these rules, players who have not been vaccinated will be required to follow many of the same restrictions that guided the behavior of the entire league last season, before COVID-19 vaccines have become available.

On the other hand, vaccinated players will benefit from the easing of restrictions, which includes no longer having to undergo daily coronavirus testing.

The local vaccination mandates of New York City and San Francisco apply only to those players who play in those areas. Any unvaccinated player who misses out on games in those areas will not be compensated for the games they miss.