The NBA isn’t requiring players to be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the 2021-22 season. However, the league is enforcing local vaccine requirements in New York and San Francisco for players on the teams in those cities. San Francisco requires anyone 12 or older to provide proof of vaccination at large indoor events, such as Warriors games at Chase Center, unless there is an approved medical or religious exemption for them not doing so.
That means that all Warriors players must be vaccinated in order to play in home games. Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins requested a religious exemption from the league, but it was denied. Now, Wiggins must get vaccinated in order to play in home games. The league released the following statement on Friday:
The NBA has reviewed and denied Andrew Wiggins’ request for religious exemption from the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s order requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all participants age 12 and older at large indoor events. Wiggins will not be able to play in Warriors home games until he fulfills the city’s vaccination requirements.
There are several weeks remaining before the season starts, so Wiggins has plenty of time to get vaccinated and not be forced to miss any games. The question now is whether he will.
◾️NBA training camps begin this week.
◾️90 percent of the players are fully vaccinated.
◾️ The Knicks and Nets face similar restrictions due to local regulations.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health made clear earlier Friday that there would be no exemption for anyone 12 and older at large indoor gatherings.
“Under the current order, if unvaccinated, they cannot enter indoor areas regardless of the reason they are unvaccinated and cannot test out of this requirement even if they have a medical or religious exemption,” it said in a statement.
Unvaccinated NBA players are allowed to play this season, though the league has said that they will have to be tested daily on practice and travel days and at least once — possibly more — on game days. Fully vaccinated players will not be subject to daily testing.
Andrew Wiggins played games last year on both Saturday and Sunday.