Canada is reportedly set to drop all of its vaccine requirements for people entering the country, according to multiple reports.
This means that unvaccinated NBA players can play in Toronto without fear of missing games, suspension, or fines. This news comes after about a year of drama surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine and players in the NBA and across the sports world.
As it stands, Canada’s government requires each person entering the country to have their first and second COVID shot or the one shot of Johnson and Johnson at least two weeks before entering.
This new proposed move from Canada comes on the heels of the NBA releasing a League memo to teams this past month. In the memo, the League informed teams that players still needed to have either received a primary course of a COVID vaccine or must receive medical clearance to get one.
With that being said, the Candian Government still needs Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to sign off and finalize this act. This past 2021-2022 NBA season was not short on players who used their platform to speak out against the COVID-19 vaccine. The most notable NBA players who spoke out were Kyrie Irving and Matisse Thybulle, who could not play or even travel to Toronto last season.
Andrew Wiggins, who was opposed to getting the vaccine at first but then got it revealed that he regretted getting the vaccine at all. While we wait to see what the Prime Minister decides, we are on the verge of another enormous shake-up to hit the League.