The NBA delivered a warning to teams Thursday that franchise bans are prohibited from pursuing and administering recently released coronavirus vaccines on a team-based basis within public health guidelines for prioritization, according to a memo obtained by ESPN.
By informing teams that medical experts advising the NBA agree with the FDA that the new Pfizer and Moderna vaccines against coronavirus are “safe and effective”, the NBA teams told the league will work to vaccinate its players and staffs “in accordance with the timing and priorities set by applicable public health guidelines,” the memo said.
The NBA allows exemptions for team physicians and health-related staff and elderly staff or people with conditions that carry a higher risk of complications from coronavirus, the memo said.
The memo comes in the wake of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently telling reporters at a conference call that the NBA would not “jump over the line” when it came to the vaccine.
“It goes without saying that we are in no way skipping the line,” Adam Silver said at a conference call with reporters on Monday. “We will wait until we get the vaccine. When you think of the logistical feat that federal and state governments are now undertaking, where if every citizen ultimately demands two doses and with a population of over 300 million, it is without understanding when you start thinking about the logistical challenges of transporting and distributing this vaccine. “
The NBA plans to work with the National Basketball Players Association in the coming weeks and months on public campaigns to educate about vaccine safety, the memo said.