The NBA has announced today that fully vaccinated players will not be required to undergo COVID-19 testing during the 2021-2022 season.
Sources: The NBA has informed teams that it anticipates that fully vaccinated players and team personnel will not be required to undergo regular coronavirus testing during 2021-22 season. Non-fully vaccinated players/personnel will undergo regular testing.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 2, 2021
In hopes of having the entire league vaccinated, the NBA is allowing fully vaccinated players to skip coronavirus testing during this upcoming season. In contrast, non-fully vaccinated players and personnel will still be tested regularly throughout the year. In an interview back in July, National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts told Yahoo Sports that the league was at a 90% vaccination rate.
Vaccination Rate By Sports League
For context, about 75% of American adults have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) August 31, 2021
The NBA ranks fourth in major North American sports leagues vaccination rates. The WNBA leads the way in COVID-19 vaccination rates as the league is nearly completely vaccinated. With this new information the NBA has released, those who’ve yet to be vaccinated will strongly entertain the idea of finally receiving the vaccine.