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Lakers inform team personnel they can start getting vaccinations

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel walks in front of the bench during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on March 23.
(Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)

The Lakers had informed their players and other members of the organization that they could get vaccinated for COVID-19 starting Wednesday, but that date was postponed to a most likely date of Monday, according to people not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

According to several people, some of the players would prefer to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because it’s just one shot, compared to two with the Pfizer and Moderna. Because of HIPAA rules and regulations, the Lakers are prohibited from commenting on who receives the shots.

The Lakers have said they would work with local and state officials to make the vaccine available to members of the organization.

After the Lakers lost to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night, coach Frank Vogel was asked about how they would proceed with the vaccinations.

“There’s been some talk about trying to get it,” Vogel said, “but we’re not there yet.”

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The Lakers are short-handed at center with the absence of Marc Gasol because of health and safety protocols.

The Pelicans, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat previously have talked about getting the vaccine.

The NBA has encouraged players and staffers to get the vaccine when they are eligible, but the league has not required them. The NBA has informed them, however, that if personnel are vaccinated, some of the health and safety protocols will be relaxed.

During All-Star weekend earlier this month, LeBron James was asked if he would be willing to get the vaccine.

“That’s a conversation that, you know, my family and I will have,” James said then. “Pretty much keep that to a private thing. Obviously I’ve seen [NBA commissioner] Adam [Silver] had his comments about the vaccination and what not. Things like that, when you decide to do something, that’s a conversation between you and your family and not for everybody. So I’ll keep it that way.”


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