As the NBA season gets underway, there are a few players who have chosen not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s a look at who they are and why they made that decision.
The 2019-20 NBA season was one of the most unique seasons in recent memory. A global pandemic threatened to cancel the season, but the league was able to find a way to finish the season safely in a bubble.
One of the key ways that the league was able to keep players safe was by vaccinating them against COVID-19. Every player who entered the bubble was required to get vaccinated, and as a result, there were no cases of COVID-19 amongst players during the season.
However, now that the season is over and players are back home with their families, some are choosing not to get vaccinated. This decision is personal for each player, but it is worth noting that there are a number of star players who have not yet been vaccinated.
Here is a list of some of the biggest names in the NBA who have not yet been vaccinated:
Vaccination rates in the NBA
The vaccination rates in the NBA are quite high, with only a few players choosing not to vaccinate. The main reason for this is that the majority of NBA players are over the age of 30, which is the age group that is most at risk for developing complications from the virus. In addition, many of the players who have chosen not to vaccinate are from countries where the vaccination rates are lower.
The vaccination rates for the NBA are:
-96% of players have been vaccinated
-4% of players have not been vaccinated
Why some players are not vaccinated
Some players are not vaccinated because they either don’t want to or can’t. There are a variety of reasons why players may not want to get vaccinated. Some players may believe that the vaccines are not effective. Others may think that the side effects of the vaccines are not worth the risk. Some players may be hesitant to get vaccinated because they don’t know enough about the vaccines. And finally, some players may simply not want to get vaccinated because they don’t like needles.
Players who can’t get vaccinated may have medical conditions that prevent them from doing so. For example, some players might be allergic to one of the ingredients in the vaccine. Others might have a weakened immune system that makes it difficult for their body to fight off infection. And finally, some players might be pregnant, which is a contraindication for receiving certain vaccines.
The risks of not being vaccinated
There are a number of risks associated with not being vaccinated. One of the most serious is the risk of contracting a disease that could potentially be deadly. Diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox can all cause serious health complications, including death. Other risks include the chance of infecting others who cannot be vaccinated due to medical conditions, and the development of antibiotic-resistant illnesses.
The importance of vaccinations
Vaccines are some of the most important tools we have to fight and prevent disease. They work by protecting us against harmful viruses, bacteria, or other organisms that can cause serious illness. When enough people in a community are vaccinated against a disease, it’s difficult for the disease to spread because there aren’t enough people infected to pass it on. This is called herd immunity, and it helps protect those who cannot be vaccinated, including babies and people with weakened immune systems.
The NBA requires all players to be vaccinated for common illnesses such as influenza (flu) and meningococcal disease. However, there are a few players who have chosen not to be vaccinated for personal or religious reasons. This leaves them and those around them at risk for contracting and spreading these diseases.
Some of the players who have chosen not to be vaccinated are:
– Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets
– Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers
– Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets
– Kristaps Porzingis of the Dallas Mavericks
While it’s ultimately each player’s decision whether or not to be vaccinated, it’s important to understand the risks involved in not being vaccinated. Vaccines are safe and effective, and they help protect both individual players and the entire NBA community from serious illness.