Golden State Coach Steve Kerr Says Andrew Wiggins Got COVID Vaccine. Can Play in Home Games
Golden State Warriors Forward Andrew Wiggins has reportedly received the COVID-19 vaccine, said Head Coach Steve Kerr, according to several reporters and news outlets, including Anthony Slater of The Athletic and Nick Friedell of ESPN.
Wiggins’ future with the team was uncertain considering his high paying contract and initial refusal to get the vaccine, which would have impacted his ability to play.
San Francisco recently issued a mandate through its Public Health Department requiring all players at Mega Events, including sporting events, to be vaccinated. No medical or religious exemptions would pose as an excuse for not being vaccinated, the Department said. The rule does not apply to visiting players, who must follow other COVID guidelines.
Many feared Wiggins would miss all of the team’s home games.
The NBA announced that players who miss home games due to local COVID Vaccination regulations will not be paid for those missed games.
Wiggins had asked the NBA for a religious exemption but was denied.
At a presser just days ago, Wiggins claimed he would stick to his beliefs and told reporters that his vaccination status was “none of your business.”
At the same media day, Coach Kerr told reporters he had not put any thought into a contingency plan if Wiggins could not play and expected everybody on the team to be “on the floor and ready to roll. “
Wiggins is scheduled to earn $31.6 million this season.
Meanwhile, Nets Guard Kyrie Irving is still not vaccinated and has not indicated he plans to be any time soon. His playing status is unclear.