Bradley Beal has been one of the few and most notable NBA players to resist getting the COVID-19 vaccine shot(s). Until recently, other than Beal being subject to stricter NBA protocols, that hadn’t been an issue in Washington D.C., where there were previously no vaccine mandates.
That will not be the case for much longer.
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The mandate, which will require all patrons aged 12 or older who enter these facilities to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, will take effect on Jan. 15, 2022.
That means Beal, like Kyrie Irving in New York, wouldn’t have been permitted to play or even enter the building for home games had he chosen to remain unvaccinated. Fortunately for the Wizards, Beal has reportedly flipped his stance and received his first dose of the vaccine, per Ava Wallace of the Washington Post.
Beal entered the league’s COVID health and safety protocols on December 23, but it is not clear whether he actually contracted the virus or was merely exposed, which is enough to land unvaccinated players in protocols.
There is no indication when Beal actually received his first dose of the vaccine.