ATLANTA (AP) – Fourteen Atlanta Hawks players received their first COVID-19 vaccinations after Thursday night’s victory over Oklahoma City.
The team said in a statement after the game that 36 people on the basketball operations staff, including 14 players, took their first dose after meeting the state’s eligibility requirements.
Three players were not vaccinated as they did not meet Georgia’s standards to qualify.
“Improving access to health, wellness and play throughout the Atlanta community continues to be a priority for our organization,” the statement said. “As immunization eligibility continues to expand, we intend to use our platform and influence to encourage and educate citizens on the importance of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible. , especially young adults and communities of color. ”
The Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans are the only NBA teams to confirm that basketball players and staff have received the initial doses of the vaccine.
Many players were able to qualify because they meet Georgia’s standards that anyone with a body mass index over 25 is eligible.
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