A month and a half after the start of the NBA, referees and personnel who have contact with the players will have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Get your arm ready! The 2021/22 NBA season is getting closer, and as October 19 rolls around, umpires will have to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in games. The intention is to prevent infections or, failing that, hospitalizations and serious cases.
“The NBA announces that it has reached an agreement with the National Association of Referees to require that those referees who work in games during the 2021/22 season be vaccinated. Everyone must have a complete vaccination schedule unless they have a medical or religious exception.
“Any referee who is not vaccinated will be ineligible for the matches,” the text explains. However, these measures not only involve the arbitration bodies.
People close to NBA players and referees also need the vaccine
The NBA’s specifications on coronavirus vaccines don’t just involve referees or players. The personnel of the 30 teams will have to receive their doses before October 1 ; In addition, the people close to those who are part of the league also need them.
Among all these involved, those who have access to the benches, scoring tables, dressing rooms, or simply travel with the teams are taken into account. Medical, performance, managerial, safety, and operations workers are added to the list.
The exceptions in this regard refer to unionized workers who cannot be compelled or, as with arbitrators, who have a medical or religious reason for not receiving the vaccine.
Although the United States does not require that its entire population be vaccinated, there are teams that will ask that their fans be vaccinated. To attend Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors games, fans will need to show a certificate of at least one dose against COVID-19.