Vaccinations are readily available all over the United States, but some people are not taking that opportunity to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Religion is sometimes blamed as the reason that people aren’t getting the shot, but Enes Kanter isn’t buying it.
Andrew Wiggins is an example of a player looking for a religious exemption from taking the vaccine. As of this writing, he is still trying to skirt the NBA’s vaccination policy under that guise. Kyrie Irving and Jonathan Isaac are also quite outspoken about the vaccine.
Andrew Wiggins is also looking for a religious exemption although that was ultimately denied recently. In Sullivan’s report, Enes Kanter spoke about the players who want a religious exemption and how they are ultimately being selfish. As Kanter said, those who are religious should want to save lives instead of endangering them.
While speaking to Rolling Stone, Enes Kanter discussed players who aren’t getting vaccinated due to their religion. He said that at a time like this people need to realize that saving lives is the more important thing right now.
“If a guy’s not getting vaccinated because of his religion, I feel like we are in a time where the religion and science has to go together. I’ve talked to a lot of religious guys – I’m like: ‘It saves people’s lives, so what is more important than that?”
The NBA’s vaccination policy isn’t out of the ordinary as many organizations set up a protocol about the vaccine. We can only hope that extra effort will keep people safe as we all continue dealing with the pandemic in our daily lives.
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