Golden State Warriors guard Andrew Wiggins made a statement earlier this year that the only way he would ever get the COVID-19 vaccine is if he was forced to. Wiggins has, to this point, still decided against getting the vaccine, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report Wednesday night.
His stance has caused headaches around the Warriors organization and has put his availability into question as the NBA season is on the horizon and with the city of San Francisco requiring proof of vaccination status for large indoor events since Aug. 20.
The Warriors and the San Francisco Department of Public Health declined to comment on Wiggins’ COVID vaccine stance. In a quote from the Chronicle, the SFDPH said it would not do so, unless the NBA were to grant him a religious exemption from getting vaccinated.
"We are actively addressing the matter of requests for religious exemption from vaccinations across many industries and will work with our business and entertainment community on next steps," the Department of Public Health said in the statement to the Chronicle. "We will provide further clarification on this topic."
Wiggins is one of the higher-profile players in the league to say he would not be taking the vaccine. Although he is not taking it himself, he doesn’t knock anyone for doing so.
"To each his own, really. Whoever wants to get it, can get it; whoever doesn't want to get it, don't get it," Wiggins said on March 22. "Right now, I'm not getting it, but it's no knock on anyone else that's getting it. I make my own decisions. But right now, I decided not to get it."
The Chronicle reported that the Warriors put Wiggins in touch with a local Oakland doctor to discuss the hesitancy in getting the vaccine, but was unsuccessful in changing his stance.
"Yeah, I don't really see myself getting it any time soon, unless I'm forced to somehow," Wiggins said in March. "Other than that, I'm good."