Top players in the NBA are reportedly skeptical about filming public service announcements encouraging Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Players are pushing back against the league’s invitation to participate in PSAs over skepticism of the vaccine, reluctance to encourage others to take it, and anger over the league’s plans to attempt an all-star game amid the pandemic, according to ESPN. As the outlet reported:
The NBA’s outreach to the agents of many of the league’s elite players – with hopes of getting stars to participate in PSAs to promote the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine – has been met with a tepid response, sources said. Player apprehensions about receiving the vaccine are consistent with those that also exist in Black communities throughout the country, agents and players told ESPN.
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