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NBA will require referees to have coronavirus vaccine

The NBA logo is displayed as people walk past the NBA Store in New York City, the United States, on Oct. 7, 2019 (REUTERS).

The National Basketball Association (NBA) will require that umpires working games during the upcoming season be vaccinated against the coronavirus, the league said Saturday.

The announcement comes after the league and the National Association of Basketball Umpires reached an agreement, which will not enforce the requirement for umpires with religious or medical exemptions.

The referees have also agreed to take the recommended booster doses.

“Any umpire who is not vaccinated and is not exempt will be ineligible for work games,” the league said in a statement.

The NBA will require all coaches and staff who interact with players to be vaccinated, The Athletic reported Friday.

The move comes as a growing number of stadiums have said they will require fans to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend games when the 2021-2022 regular season begins on October 1. 19

Players, who are represented by a powerful National Basketball Players Association, are not required to be vaccinated, but 90% of players are already vaccinated, NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts told Yahoo Sports last month. last.

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