NBA Covid-19 Updates: The NBA released a notice to teams on Thursday stating that franchisees are prohibited from pursuing and administering the newly issued Covid-19 vaccines on a team-wide basis ahead of public health guidelines for prioritization, according to a memo obtained by ESPN.
In notifying teams that pharmaceutical experts are recommending the NBA are in agreement with the FDA that the new Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for the coronavirus are “safe and effective,” the NBA told teams that the league will work to vaccinate its players and staffs “consistent with the timing and prioritization set by applicable public health guidelines,” the memo said.
Exceptions for Team physicians and health-related personnel
The NBA allowed exemptions for team physicians and health-related personnel and older staff members. The exceptions include those with conditions that present a higher risk for contracting the coronavirus, the memo said.
“It goes without saying that in no form or way will we jump the line,” Adam Silver said on a conference call with reporters on Monday. “We will wait for our turn to get the vaccine. When you think about the logistical feat that now the federal and state governments are undertaking, where if every citizen ultimately requires two doses and with a population of over 300 million, it’s beyond comprehension when you start to begin to think about the logistical challenges of transporting and distributing this vaccine.”
The NBA plans to work with the National Basketball Players Association in the coming weeks and months on public campaigns to educate on the safety of vaccines, the memo said.