Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr announced on Sunday that forward Andrew Wiggins has received his COVID-19 vaccine. He will now be eligible to play at home games in San Francisco this season after refusing to take the vaccine for months. It was announced he was feeling under the weather and didn’t report to the facilities on Saturday. Rumors started flying that he had indeed been vaccinated. The city of San Francisco requires proof of vaccination for large indoor events.
Andrew Wiggins was not here today. He was “under the weather,” Kerr said.
— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) October 2, 2021
Golden State’s Andrew Wiggins has been vaccinated and will be available for all games this season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 3, 2021
Andrew Wiggins reported back in March that he would not get the COVID-19 vaccine unless he was forced to do just that. He exhausted all options this offseason in an attempt to avoid getting the vaccine. Finally, he was faced with two options; get the vaccine or miss all of his home games with the Warriors this season. It seems Wiggins valued being able to play basketball above his hangup with a routine vaccination.
The NBA has officially denied Andrew Wiggins’ request to get a religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine. pic.twitter.com/ko4VNkH9CL
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) September 24, 2021
The Warriors can now shift their focus to trying to win another NBA Championship while Stephen Curry is still in his prime. Andrew Wiggins is a starter and vital piece on the franchise’s roster this season. He is now eligible to play in every Warriors’ game this season if he is healthy. Other Notable players that aren’t vaccinated like Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Michael PorterJr., and Jonathan Issac have not changed status as of now. Def Pen Sports will update you if that changes.