About 70% of eligible NBA players have received booster shots against COVID-19, sources told ESPN, a number comprising about 350 players in total, more than half of a League that has a full tally. of players generally around 500.
The NBA has encouraged and incentivized the receipt of booster injections and, in a memo sent to teams Thursday and obtained by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, requires that unreinforced players undergo daily tests for coronavirus until the Game Break. Stars in mid-February. The League is also restricting those players’ attendance at large gatherings, bars and indoor clubs, according to the memo.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN’s Malika Andrews in late December that the omicron variant was responsible for 90% of the positive cases the League was seeing, but that number has now reached 100%, they said. sources to ESPN.
As of Friday afternoon, 314 players in total have entered the League’s health and safety protocols this season, with 252 entering in December and 53 entering so far in January. Thirteen NBA head coaches have also entered health and safety protocols, and the NBA has postponed 11 games so far this season due to COVID-related issues.