They’re hardly alone within the NBA.
That’s a MAJOR issue amid the coronavirus pandemic. Getting vaccinated is the best way for NBA players to protect themselves and those around them, end strict protocols and keep the league’s revenue flowing with fewer interruptions.
“I want the shot as soon as possible,” one player said, “but that’s definitely the dissenting point of view in the NBA.”
One player agent said that “at least half, if not more” of the league’s players are reluctant to take the vaccine
NBA senior vice president of medical affairs Dr. Leroy Sims is educating teams on the coronavirus vaccine. That’s great and important.
But coronavirus vaccines, according to every credible doctor and scientist to evaluate them, are safe and effective.
Thankfully, people have expressed more willingness to get vaccinated as their ability to actually get the shot approaches. Unfortunately, we have significant shortages of doses. NBA players – young and generally healthy – are not among the high-priority groups.
Sims’ communication will also help.
But it likely won’t assuage every player’s doubts, not if a majority are skeptical. Which is yet another reason – beyond age, health, natural immunity – NBA players shouldn’t be moved to the front of the line in order to generate positive publicity for the vaccine. They might not be the best messengers for that cause.
Besides, right now the far bigger problem is vaccine availability, not willingness to take it.