On Friday, the NBA informed teams that all personnel who work closely with the players must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021-22 season. Moments ago, the league issued a similar announcement for its referees.
The NBA is requiring referees to be fully vaccinated unless they have a religious or medical exemption.
“The NBA announced today that it has reached an agreement with the National Basketball Referees Association requiring vaccinations for all referees working NBA games during the 2021-22 season,” the league said in a press release. “The agreement specifies that all referees must be fully vaccinated unless they have a religious or medical exemption.”
This agreement between the NBA and the National Basketball Referees Association also covers potential booster shots.
If referees refuse to get vaccinated without having a religious or medical exemption, they’ll be ineligible to work games. It’s a strict measure from the NBA in an effort to get its vaccination rate up.
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It’s very clear the NBA wants any personnel who interact with players over the course of the season to be fully vaccinated.
The NBA could potentially require players to get the vaccine in the future, but that would require an agreement with the players’ union. Deals of that magnitude won’t just happen overnight.