The NBA is in the process of creating a policy to ensure the universal use of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN. The league recognizes the need to educate its players regarding the effectiveness of the vaccine, along with its apparent side effects, so that players will be willing to take the vaccine.
“I would guess that for most players, they will be willing to take it,” said a prominent agent, who represents numerous players. “I think there will be a societal push for as many as possible to take it.”
However, some believe it will be harder to get some players to take it.
“We are going to need someone they trust, who is not involved with the league, that can lay it out for the skeptical guys,” said another agent who represents All-Stars. “Maybe it’s someone like President Obama. To position this to the players as an opportunity to motivate others, which happened with masks.”
It is unclear at this point how quickly teams will have access to the vaccine, given that distribution networks are different across the country, varying state by state. For the Portland Trail Blazers, the wait could be longer: Oregon is focused on providing the vaccine for essential health care workers first and foremost.
You can read more about the league’s plans here.