Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins explains determination to get COVID-19 vaccine

Golden State Warriors swingman Andrew Wiggins on Monday defined his determination to get the COVID-19 vaccine, noting that he felt “compelled” to take action as a way to proceed his NBA profession.

“The one choices had been to get vaccinated or not play within the NBA,” Wiggins mentioned after the Warriors’ preseason opener on the Portland Trail Blazers, his first public feedback since getting the shot. “It was a tricky determination. Hopefully, it really works out in the long term and in 10 years I am nonetheless wholesome.”

Wiggins’ determination comes after the league recently declined his application for a religious exemption. The subject of Wiggins’ vaccination standing got here into query previous to coaching camp given the restrictions from the San Francisco Division of Public Well being requiring anybody age 12 or over to be vaccinated to attend indoor occasions. As a part of that mandate, starting Oct. 13, Warriors gamers should present proof of vaccination earlier than coming into Chase Heart, until there may be an authorised medical or non secular exemption.

Wiggins, 26, went into element about why he was so hesitant to get the shot, noting that he does not maintain any in poor health will towards the Warriors group for the way the state of affairs performed out.

“They did not make the rule,” Wiggins mentioned. “However I suppose to do sure stuff, to work, I suppose you do not personal your physique. That is what it comes all the way down to. If you wish to work in society right this moment, then I suppose they made the foundations of what goes in your physique and what you do. Hopefully, there’s lots of people on the market which might be stronger than me and hold combating, stand for what they imagine, and hopefully, it really works out for them.”

Wiggins mentioned he acquired the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot, which can permit him to not miss any observe time and be absolutely vaccinated previous to the Warriors’ Oct. 21 residence opener towards the LA Clippers.

Wiggins famous that he contracted COVID-19 beforehand and “it wasn’t too dangerous.” He additionally mentioned he had an allergic response to one thing a few years in the past, describing it as a “scary second” that resulted in him now carrying an EpiPen.

“I do know lots of people get reactions or accidents from getting the vaccination, so I do not know what it will do to me in 10 years,” he mentioned.

“I really feel like I might go on for days about why I did not wish to get it. Most significantly, I do not know what is going on to occur or what it will do to my physique in 10, 20 years. … However I suppose it is one thing that needed to get completed.”

Wiggins mentioned he’s coping with some physique aches and chills after getting vaccinated, however he was nonetheless capable of play 16 minutes and rating 13 factors in Monday’s 121-107 win over the Blazers.

Wiggins additionally mentioned he’s the one member of his household who’s vaccinated.

“It is not likely one thing we imagine in as a household,” he mentioned. “They know that I needed to. It got here all the way down to get the vaccination or do not play basketball. I am 26. I’ve two youngsters. I need extra youngsters. I am making an attempt to do one thing that may generate as a lot cash as I can for my youngsters and my future youngsters, [create] generational wealth. So, I took the gamble, took the chance, and hopefully, I am good.”

Wiggins mentioned he was appreciative of a few of the public help he acquired from teammates. Warriors ahead Draymond Green lately mentioned that he didn’t think it was his place to push Wiggins towards getting the vaccine.

“It was good,” Wiggins mentioned. “It was nothing however love. Particularly from Draymond; [Andre] Iguodala mentioned lots of good things. So, there was lots of help on the workforce, however no matter determination I made a decision to make, they had been going to face by it.”

Wiggins admitted that “time was not on my aspect” and defined why he felt compelled to get the shot when he did.

“It feels good to play, however getting vaccinated, that is going to be one thing that stays in my thoughts for a very long time,” Wiggins mentioned. “It isn’t one thing I needed to do, however I used to be compelled to.”

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