NBA COVID-19 Test Protocols Established; Players do not need to be vaccinated
According to Shams Charania, the NBA has notified teams of coronavirus testing protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated players for the 2021-22 season.
- Fully vaccinated: No regular testing
- Not fully vaccinated: A negative test on the practice / travel day; Two negative tests on game day
Regular testing for team personnel who are not fully vaccinated will continue.
There will be no COVID-19 vaccination mandate for players, according to the NBA Baxter Holmes and Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN.
However, referees and most NBA staff must be fully vaccinated at the start of the season.
Although players are not required to be vaccinated, around 85 percent of players are vaccinated, a league spokesman said recently and in a preliminary memo ESPN received in early September.
In addition to a negative test on a training / travel day and two negative tests on game day, there are other protocols for unvaccinated players that include:
- Have lockers away from vaccinated teammates
- Eating, flying and bus travel in different sections than vaccinated teammates (at least two meters apart)
- In the event of close contact with a person who tested positive, a mandatory seven-day quarantine period must occur
These protocols are not final and can be changed in discussions with the NBPA.
For members of the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Golden State Warriors, local laws governing vaccination requirements for indoor gatherings are enforced in both New York and San Francisco, and this includes players unless a player has an approved medical or religious exception.
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