Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich receives COVID-19 vaccine, films PSA
Gregg Popovich is taking an active role in the NBA’s ongoing awareness campaign concerning the COVID-19 vaccine, as the San Antonio Spurs head coach had his recent vaccination filmed for a public service announcement.
A masked Popovich is shown receiving the vaccine in a 30-second spot that will debut Thursday night during TNT’s NBA doubleheader.
“I’m going to get the COVID-19 vaccine shot,” Popovich said in the NBA PSA. “It will keep me safe, keep my family safe and keep other people safe. Wearing masks is important and to get the vaccine does give you an added level of assurance.”
After receiving the vaccine, Popovich turns to the nurse and says, “didn’t even feel it.”
Coincidentally, the premiere of Pop’s PSA spot comes on the day he celebrates his 72nd birthday, an important thing to note as his age puts him in one of the high-risk groups when it comes to suffering serious or even fatal consequences if he were to contract COVID-19.
“Science-wise, it’s a no brainer,” Popovich adds in the PSA. “It’s the right thing to do so we can all get on track again. Let’s do this together. To learn more, visit CDC.gov.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver revealed earlier this month that the NBA has contemplated whether to utilize players’ eventual COVID-19 vaccinations as a public service announcement to encourage the league’s fans, among other specific populations, to do the same.
As the league continues to consider whether to include player vaccinations in a broader PSA initiative, the league previously raised awareness by sharing a video showing NBA icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar receiving his COVID-19 vaccination.
There has been no shortage of controversy surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, including concerns that privileged populations would receive preferential treatment when it comes to its administration.
In his comments earlier this month, Silver reiterated a pledge made in December that the NBA would not “jump the line in any form whatsoever” when it comes to receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.