NBA recommends Covid-19 vaccine boosters for players vaccinated just 2 months prior
The NBA has reportedly urged players to get Covid-19 booster shots. Some vaccinated players may face game-day testing by December if they refuse.
The NBA told the players the new rules on Sunday, according to AP, and stressed that those who initially received the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine are most in need of a booster shot. Citing its waning efficacy over time, the league called on players, coaches, and referees who received the vaccine more than two months ago to roll up their sleeves for a booster of a different vaccine, namely Pfizer’s or Moderna’s.
Those who were vaccinated with either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine were told that they will need a booster shot six months after initial vaccination.Also on rt.com ‘A slave mind follows the crowd’: Floyd Mayweather backs NBA star Kyrie Irving in vaccine refusal row (VIDEO)
Depending on which vaccine a player was originally given and when that vaccination took place, some players may already face repercussions for refusing a booster dose by next month.
“In some cases, those who are vaccinated but elect to not receive a booster would be subjected to game-day testing again starting Dec. 1,” AP reported.
The announcement angered opponents of Covid-19 restrictions, including figures in the sports industry.
“Wake up, sheep. The NBA is already mandating the vaccine booster now. This won’t ever end,” tweeted sports commentator Clay Travis, who founded the sports journalism website OutKick.
Wake up, sheep. The NBA is already mandating the vaccine booster now. This won’t ever end, we going to make 100% healthy people get covid shots every six months for the rest of their lives? https://t.co/Q0GadMSL63— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 7, 2021
Travis also questioned whether the industry was “going to make 100% healthy people get covid shots every six months for the rest of their lives.”
Sports journalist Jason Whitlock protested that the news was “just the tip,” while Inner Sports founder Garret Kramer wrote, “On what planet do we continue to mandate drugs for people who are not sick? Say NO.”
“This world and league is getting more asinine by the day,” golf champion Steve Flesch said.
This world and league is getting more asinine by the day https://t.co/es2Xcn9C9W— InTheFlesch (@Steve_Flesch) November 7, 2021
The NBA recommendation found support among proponents of vaccine mandates, however.
“The NBA is doing the right thing here,” Jerome Michael Adams, the former surgeon general who served in the Donald Trump administration, tweeted, arguing that “in hindsight this should’ve been billed as a 3 dose (2 for J&J) series anyway.”
The @NBA is doing the right thing here. 1) Cases are ⬆️ nationally 2) Immunity wanes for everyone- not just the “vulnerable 3) In hindsight this should’ve been billed as a 3 dose (2 for J&J) series anyway.NBA touts booster shots to players, coaches, refs https://t.co/QVeN8Hpw6l— Jerome Adams (@JeromeAdamsMD) November 8, 2021
The NBA already has strict Covid-19 policies for its players, which include unvaccinated players not being able to eat with vaccinated players. Unvaccinated NBA players are also required to socially distance themselves from vaccinated players and must wear face masks.Also on rt.com ‘What’s being mad going to do?’: Nets star Durant speaks on Irving predicament after teammate sidelined for Covid jab refusal