When the curtain comes up on the new NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers expect all of their performers to be on stage.
“On opening night when we play the Golden State Warriors, all of the players that are currently signed on our roster, on that night, will be deemed fully vaccinated,” Lakers president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka said on a video conference call last week. “We’re really grateful for that.”
During a media interaction this week, a reporter asked Dwight Howard about his vaccination status. Dwight flashed a big smile and respectfully declined to talk about the same. He also cited the HIPAA Law.
The reporter, who was clearly annoyed by the response, got up and told Howard, “That’s not what HIPAA is, but ok.”
The HIPAA Law applies to medical personnel sharing patient’s personal information without consent. It does not apply to people asking other people about their stance on vaccines.
Dwight Howard on vaccination status: “I wanna keep that private, HIPAA Law”
Reporter: “That’s not what HIPAA is, but ok.”