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Sacramento Kings requiring employees (not including players) to be vaccinated

Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 08: Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé looks on in the first half of the game between the Sacramento Kings and the San Antonio Spurs at Golden 1 Center on February 08, 2020 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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The Sacramento Kings faced significant coronavirus concerns last year.

But a solution has since emerged: Vaccinations. Now readily available in the United States, vaccines keep both vaccinated people and those around them safer.

So, as the coronavirus pandemic continues among unvaccinated people, the Kings are drawing a line.

James Ham of NBC Sports California:

A Kings’ source said this mandate does not apply to players, whose union negotiated coronavirus protocols with the league. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league would not require players or coaches to get vaccinated.

As of July, 90% of NBA players were vaccinated, according to National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts.

Kings’ coaches are all meeting the team’s vaccination requirement, according to the team source.

This seems like a reasonable policy for the Kings – a private business – to implement (numerous other private businesses in nearly every field have done the same). A coronavirus outbreak in the workplace could debilitate operations. Employees who choose not to meet this job requirement are free to work elsewhere.

It wouldn’t be surprising if more teams follow Sacramento’s lead.