Unvaccinated Andrew Wiggins can't play home games even if he gets religious exemption from NBA

Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins must get vaccinated if he wants to play home games this season. The San Francisco Department of Public Health ruled Friday that unvaccinated individuals cannot enter the Chase Center, even if they have a religious or medical exemption, according to San Francisco Gate.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health did not mention Wiggins by name, but did refer to "players" in its statement.

"At large and mega indoor events, all patrons 12 and older must be vaccinated at this time," the statement reads. "Under the current order, if unvaccinated, they cannot enter indoor areas regardless of the reason they are unvaccinated and cannot test out of this requirement even if they have a medical or religious exemption. This same rule applies to performers and players employed by the host at large and mega indoor events who are covered by the vaccination requirements of the Health Order."

Under San Francisco vaccine mandates, individuals must be vaccinated from COVID-19 in order to attend large indoor sporting events. Warriors home games at the Chase Center meet that threshold, meaning members of the Warriors must be vaccinated if they want to play games at home.

Wiggins, 26, is reportedly not vaccinated. It was believed Wiggins would seek a religious exemption from the NBA so he could continue playing. Even if he gets that exemption, the San Francisco Department of Public Health's decree would overrule it. If Wiggins wants to play home games with the Warriors, he needs to receive one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines.

Many NBA players have received a COVID-19 vaccine

Wiggins is an outlier in the NBA, where it's believed 90% of players have received a vaccine for COVID-19. At least two teams, the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons, are fully vaccinated.

Knicks GM Scott Perry revealed his team is fully vaccinated. Another team that’s fully vaccinated, according to sources, is the Detroit Pistons. One less headache for a young team

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Wiggins doesn't have much time to get the shot. The Warriors will open training camp Tuesday. The team's first regular-season game is Oct. 19.

If Wiggins remains unvaccinated, he would still be able to play in games when the Warriors were on the road. In order for Wiggins to play in every game, he would either need to get vaccinated or be traded to a city where vaccine mandates are more relaxed.

Wiggins was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Warriors during the 2019-20 NBA season. He's averaged 18.7 points and 4.8 rebounds since joining Golden State.


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