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Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic gets coronavirus vaccine on camera (photo)

Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic

PORTLAND, OREGON - FEBRUARY 20: Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts in the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Moda Center on February 20, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. 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 Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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Some NBA players are reluctant to promote coronavirus vaccines.

Not Jusuf Nurkic.

The Trail Blazers center – one of 13 Portland players to get vaccinated – posted a proud photo of his shot.


Good for Nurkic. The vaccines are our most direct ticket back to normal life. They should be celebrated for the grand achievement that they are.

Though skepticism is understandable, the vaccines are safe and effective. Not only does a vaccine protect the person injected, but it also protects those around them. The coronavirus is a very real threat that has cost more than half-a-million American lives. Vaccines neutralize it.

Sometime soon, it will no longer be newsworthy when NBA players get vaccinated. But Nurkic broke a barrier by posting a photo of his shot.

Hopefully, more people use their influence to promote vaccinations. And hopefully, more people become willing to get vaccinated. And hopefully more shots become available.

There’s still much left to be done.

But Nurkic is doing his part.