NBA Covid-19 News: Julius “Dr. J” Erving is the latest NBA legend to reveal that he’s gotten vaccinated against the coronavirus, doing so Monday. Much like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gregg Popovich, and Bill Russell before him, Erving made the announcement in the form of a video distributed through the league.
“We were never afraid to take the big shot,” Erving said in the video.
Erving turned 71 on Monday, meaning he is well within the current age guidelines for vaccine eligibility as established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The video he appears in also includes short clips of Jerry West, Dave Bing, and Wayne Embry receiving their vaccinations.
The league has released these videos in an effort to help encourage members of the public to receive the vaccine when they are eligible and it is available in their community.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar urged the public to get vaccinated
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has revealed that he received the COVID-19 vaccine and is encouraging others to consider doing the same.
The Basketball Hall of Famer and NBA’s leading all-time scorer has taped a short message that will be aired beginning Monday during broadcasts of games played on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The video shows Abdul-Jabbar receiving a vaccine.
“We have to find new ways to keep each other safe,” he said.
Abdul-Jabbar is 73, within the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about vaccine eligibility. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gets the vaccine and urges others to do the same.
Those guidelines suggest that priority for receiving the vaccine should go to health care personnel, those living in long-term care facilities, front-line essential workers, those over the age of 65, and people “with underlying medical conditions” that increase their vulnerability to COVID-19.
Abdul-Jabbar revealed in a magazine article last month that he’s had prostate cancer, leukemia, and heart bypass surgery.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said the league will ensure that its players and teams wait until their turn comes to be vaccinated and will not “jump the line.”
The Los Angeles Clippers announced late last week that the LA Forum will serve as a large-scale vaccination site starting Tuesday, and Detroit forward Blake Griffin is part of a commission in Michigan trying to stress the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.