A dozen members of the Golden State Warriors received a vaccine for COVID-19 Wednesday, including head coach Steve Kerr and forward Draymond Green.
The Warriors received their vaccines at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco in Mission Bay, around the corner from Chase Center. Those who participated received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“We’ve been really hit hard just by COVID protocols as a team,” Kerr said, referring to recent games missed by James Wiseman, Eric Paschall and Kevon Looney due to the league’s health and safety protocols.
“So it’ll be nice to get as many guys as possible vaccinated and hopefully not have any more issues in terms of missing games.”
The NBA has not required vaccination for players or staffers but has encouraged them to do so once they are eligible, according to ESPN. The league indicated that it will relax health and safety protocols for those who receive the vaccine.
Though it’s not yet clear all of which players and staffers received the vaccine, Andrew Wiggins and Kent Bazemore have previously expressed hesitation about getting vaccinated.
“No sir,” Bazemore said Wednesday, two days after Wiggins said he doesn’t anticipate receiving the vaccine.
“I don’t really see myself getting it anytime soon,” Wiggins said, “unless forced to, somehow.”
The Warriors join the Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers as NBA teams that have acknowledged receiving, or having plans to receive, the vaccine.