The NBA hasn’t mandated that all of its players be vaccinated against COVID-19, and similarly, the league isn’t requiring players to receive a booster shot. However, players who haven’t will be subject to additional testing, and will also face some added off-court restrictions.
The NBA is requiring players that haven’t received a booster to undergo daily coronavirus testing through the All-Star break in mid-February, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The testing doesn’t include team off days. Elevated daily testing of all players, coaches and basketball staff that started on Dec. 26 will end on Jan. 15, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Additionally, the league is also restricting non-boosted players’ attendance at large indoor gatherings, as well as bars and clubs.
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Currently, 97 percent of players in the league are fully-vaccinated, while around 65 percent of the players that are eligible for a booster shot have received one. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has stated that his goal is to get that number much closer to 100 percent.
“To me, the focus right now is on boosters for the 97% of…