June 28, 2021 / 5:09 PM / CBS News
The WNBA announced on Monday that 99% of its players have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The WNBA has a higher percentage of vaccinated players than any other major U.S. sports league that has announced its vaccination rates.
In a statement, the WNBA said “99 percent of the league’s players are now fully vaccinated, and all 12 teams have met the threshold for being considered a fully-vaccinated team.”
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— WNBA (@WNBA) June 28, 2021
The WNBA players’ union also commented on the news, thanking “all of the experts, physicians and other healthcare professionals who dedicated time to our player-led vaccine education sessions during the offseason!”
The league said none of its players have tested positive for the virus since the regular season began. It is currently more than halfway through the season.
The MLB announced Friday that 23 teams have vaccinated 85% of their players and on-field personnel, which allows those teams to relax some protocols. There were no positive tests in the last week, the league said.
While many sporting events are returning to normal, some continue to face disruptions or limited crowds due to COVID-19. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens will face off in the Stanley Cup Finals in Florida on Monday — but Montreal’s home crowds have been capped at 3,500 during the playoffs because of the pandemic. The North Carolina State’s baseball team was removed from the College World Series on Saturday because of a coronavirus outbreak.