The Charlotte Hornets have reported that their entire team has been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Associated Press.
The NBA has recently been throwing around the idea of a COVID vaccine mandate. Two major NBA cities, San Francisco and New York, have already made it so unvaccinated players will not be able to play in home games. The NBA backed this up by stating that players who miss games due to being unvaccinated will not be paid for said games.
NBA media day gave reporters the chance to inquire about teams’ vaccination statuses. Well, luckily for Hornets fans, their favorite team won’t be dealing with any of the backlash from having unvaccinated players.
The Hornets have been a huge supporter of the vaccine ever since it came out. Back in February, they hosted a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Spectrum Center. Around 2,000 vaccines were able to be administered that day.
In addition, forward Gordon Hayward was recently included in a pro-vaccine ad the NBA put together. Various Hornets players were also shown getting their vaccines in a tweet back in March. Needless to say, Charlotte has been on top of this issue from the very beginning.
With an assist from our long-time partner @NovantHealth and in conjunction with @ncdhhs, some members of Hornets basketball operations received their COVID-19 vaccine today.— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) March 29, 2021
For COVID-19 vaccine info and to pre-register visit https://t.co/WPv1X3CSX2. #ArmsAgainstCOVID pic.twitter.com/IAYqoarSZE
As other teams deal with the stress of players refusing to get vaccinated (Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins, etc.), the Hornets seem to be drama-free. That won’t be causing any issues in Buzz City this season.