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NBA REFEREES TO BE VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 THIS SEASON

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Farouq Oduola A.

This season, all NBA referees will be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

On Saturday, the NBA stated that it has reached an agreement with the National Basketball Referees Association about this requirement.

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According to the NBA’s agreement with the referees, those who work games will receive booster shots whenever they are recommended.

The NBRA had a vote on the subject earlier this week.

“This was a win-win situation,” the NBRA said in a statement. “It will help the NBA achieve its goal of providing a safer on-court environment and ensuring the flow of play while also safeguarding the officials’ health and well-being.”

The move was also deemed a “clear illustration of when labour and management work together for the collective good of their joint enterprise,” according to the referees.

The NBA’s agreement with the referees was revealed one day after the league informed its teams that anyone within 15 feet of players and refs must get vaccinated as well.

Coaches, support staff travelling with teams, locker room attendants, and those working at official scorer’s tables at NBA arenas are all included by this mandate.

Referees who have a verified medical or religious reason for not being vaccinated may seek an exemption, much like team personnel. The NBA stated that without that exemption, any unvaccinated referee will be ineligible to work games.

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