NBA recommends COVID booster shots for players, coaches and referees
The NBA is calling on players, coaches and referees to get COVID-19 vaccine booster shots — with a particular urgent emphasis for those who received Johnson & Johnson's single-dose option, AP first reported on Sunday.
Why it matters: Those who don't get a booster will face game-day testing beginning Dec. 1, notes AP, which obtained the league's memo for its article, which the NBA published on its site.
- The NBA told teams Sunday that the guidance applies to players who received the J&J vaccine at least two months ago, or six months if they had Pfizer or Moderna products, the Athletic's Shams Charania notes.
Details: The new guidance, which also applies to front office staff and tier 1 personnel, advises those who've had the J&J vaccine to get a Pfizer or Moderna booster shot, per AP.
- Those who had the Moderna or Pfizer shots can get whichever booster is available.
- The NBA drew on data showing that "antibody levels for Pfizer and Moderna recipients wane after six months, and after two months for Johnson & Johnson recipients," AP reports.
By the numbers: Roughly 97% of players are vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to AP.
- Some cities do have COVID-19 vaccine mandates, and the unvaccinated Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving has not played this season due to New York City's inoculation requirement.