NBA Legends Get Covid-19 Vaccines, Here Are Their Messages


Julius “Dr. J” Erving #6, seen here as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers flying over Kareem … [+] Abdul-Jabbar(R) of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980’s, recently filmed a Covid-19 vaccine PSA for the NBA. (Photo by Focus On Sport/Getty Images)

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Dr. J is not a medical doctor. But Julius “Dr. J” Erving has a health-related message for you, and it’s about Covid-19 vaccines.

The NBA has just served up the following PSA (public service announcement) featuring Erving getting the vaccine:

Of course, “served up” is not quite a basketball term. But the Basketball Hall of Famer did use some hoops lingo when referring to the Covid-19 vaccine in the video: “One thing I have in common with some of the other Hall of Famers is we’re never afraid to take the big shot. And today is no different. I’m getting vaccinated for my family, my friends and my community. Let’s do this together. For more information on the vaccines, visit”

As a 71-year-old, Erving falls into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Phase 1c priority group for getting the Covid-19 vaccine, right behind the highest (Phase 1a) priority group of healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities and the second highest (Phase 1b) priority group of frontline essential workers and persons 75 years and older…

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