NBA requires individuals around players, referees to be fully vaccinated

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The NBA sent a memo out to all teams on Friday stating individuals around players and referees need to be fully vaccinated before games begin.

The memo says those who will be at the bench areas, traveling with a team, with access to locker rooms and people at the scoring table must be fully vaccinated.

The memo provided a list of people who need to be vaccinated that included coaches, medical and performance staff, equipment staff, media relations, social media producers and others.

The team personnel must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 1 to keep working with the players, according to the outlet.

Game-day personnel need to be fully vaccinated by the first game to be a part of the event.

Those who do not get vaccinated can’t go to away games with the team, have to wear a mask indoors at all times and “will be prohibited from having in-person interaction with, or being within 15 feet of, any player or referee.”

Exemptions will be made for those with religious or medical reasons. Union workers are also not affected by the vaccine requirement. 

The policy can be changed once federal agencies release guidance regarding booster shots.

The memo did not say players will be required to be fully vaccinated.

The move mimics the NFL, which has required those surrounding the players to be fully vaccinated, but not the players themselves.

Some team staff, including assistant coaches, in the NFL have left their positions due to the vaccine mandate.

Updated: 12:33 p.m.

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