The Newest: Dr. J reveals he’s obtained COVID-19 vaccine

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New Jersey Devils left wing Nikita Gusev (97) celebrates his purpose with proper wing Kyle Palmieri (21), heart Jack Hughes (86) and defenseman Damon Severson (28) throughout the third interval of an NHL hockey recreation in opposition to the Washington Capitals, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Picture/Nick Wass)

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Julius “Dr. J” Erving is the newest NBA legend to disclose that he’s gotten vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus, doing so Monday. Very like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gregg Popovich and Invoice Russell earlier than him, Erving made the announcement within the type of a video distributed the league.

“We had been no means afraid to take the massive shot,” Erving stated within the video.

Erving turned 71 on Monday, that means he’s nicely inside the present age tips for vaccine eligibility as established the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. The video he seems in additionally contains quick clips of Jerry West, Dave Bing and Wayne Embry receiving their vaccinations.

The league has launched these movies in an effort to assist encourage the general public to obtain the vaccine when they’re eligible and it’s obtainable of their neighborhood.


Followers will probably be allowed to attend sports activities and leisure occasions at New Jersey’s largest amenities in restricted numbers beginning subsequent week, Gov. Phil Murphy stated Monday.

New Jersey venues with an indoor seating capability of 5,000 or extra will probably be allowed to have 10% of these seats occupied followers beginning on March 1, the Democratic governor stated on the WFAN sports activities radio station.

For outside venues with over 5,000 seats, the quantity will probably be 15% of capability.

Murphy stated he determined to permit the restricted in-person attendance after reviewing an enormous array of coronavirus-related statistics, together with hospitalizations, the variety of hospital admissions versus discharges, total positivity charge for COVID-19 and the speed of transmission, and figuring out that small crowds could be permitted safely.

He stated face coverings and social distancing will probably be required at these venues.

“Should you purchase tickets collectively, you possibly can sit collectively, however in any other case, now we have to unfold aside,” he stated.

The order applies to the state’s main arenas, together with the Prudential Heart in Newark, the place the NHL’s New Jersey Devils play, and outside stadiums, together with MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, house to the NFL’s New York Giants and Jets.

The governor stated about 1,700 to 1,800 followers ought to be allowed to attend Devils hockey video games beneath the brand new guidelines.


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