The NBA Miami Heat franchise has told employees they must get the shot or else they will be considered to have resigned.
The basketball team has drawn a line in the sand and said staff must be vaccinated, or at least be fully vaccinated, by September 1 or risk their jobs.
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Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press reports that “waivers will be given to those who are in the process of being vaccinated at that time (awaiting the second dose) or those who have been granted waivers for religious reasons” .
In a statement outlining their decision, the Heat said, “The stability and success of the live events industry depends on putting the safety first – of our players, employees, partners, fans, suppliers and the media.
“One of the ways to dramatically minimize the risk of transmission of Covid-19 is to ensure that all of our staff are vaccinated.
“Employees who are not fully vaccinated or who have not submitted a formal request for an accommodation that has been granted or is still being assessed by the next phase of our return to work will be deemed to have resigned. . “
The Heat has been proactive in encouraging people to get vaccinated, hosting a vaccination event earlier this month at the FTX Arena for anyone aged 12 and over.
NBA outing schedule
Games paying homage to key moments in NBA history were among those announced on Saturday (AEST) as the league unveiled its schedule for the 2021-2022 season, which begins on October 19.
The Toronto Raptors will visit the New York Knicks on November 1 to mark the 75th anniversary of the league’s first regular-season game, which was played between the Knicks and the Toronto Huskies on November 1, 1946.
The teams that have been a part of every NBA campaign – the Knicks, Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors who started in Philadelphia – will face each other in three games over a five-day span in December.
The Warriors will travel to New York on December 14 and Boston three nights later while the Knicks visit the Celtics on December 18.
On January 7, 2022, the Atlanta Hawks will visit the Los Angeles Lakers in a game played 50 years to the day after the Lakers beat Atlanta for their 33rd straight victory, which remains the longest winning streak in the world. history of the NBA.
Each NBA club will play 82 games in a season starting October 19 and ending April 10, 2022.
The league earlier announced its opening night schedule, with the Brooklyn Nets against defending champions Milwaukee and Golden State against the Lakers.
Christmas Day lineup was also revealed with Atlanta in New York, Boston in Milwaukee, Golden State in Phoenix, Brooklyn to the Lakers and Dallas in Utah.
This year’s top two picks in the NBA Draft, Detroit’s number one Cade Cunningham and Houston’s number two Jalen Green, are set to face off in the regular season for the first time when the Pistons visit Houston on the 10th. November.
On January 17, the NBA’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will include Chicago in Memphis in the 20th annual Grizzlies game while on vacation in the United States and Milwaukee in Atlanta in a rematch of the Conference Finals of the This year is more Utah at the Los Angeles Lakers.
Six-time NBA All-Star Kyle Lowry of Miami, who has spent the past nine seasons with Toronto and helped the Raptors win the 2019 NBA title, will lead the Heat to Toronto for the first time since leaving for Miami on February 3.
The first clash between the rivals in this year’s NBA Finals will be played on February 10 when the Bucks visit the Phoenix Suns, with Milwaukee hosting the Suns in the rematch on March 6.
Next year’s NBA Finals opener is slated for June 2.