Bulls players received COVID-19 vaccine

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Bulls players received COVID-19 vaccine originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Bulls players received the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this week, a team spokesperson confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

According to the spokesperson, multiple players received the vaccine.

"The Chicago Bulls worked with the City of Chicago and Rush University Medical Center to vaccinate some of our players while they were in town," the team said in a statement. "The Bulls have been very active supporters of the city's campaigns to communicate vital COVID-19 health and safety messages over the last year, and we look forward to joining forces with them again to support an upcoming vaccine advocacy campaign. These efforts are important to our families, our friends, our fans and the Chicago community, and we are proud to contribute our voices and team marketing resources to help amplify important vaccine advocacy messages."

The Bulls stopped in Chicago briefly for a game against the Brooklyn Nets on April 4 before traveling to Indianapolis for a matchup with the Pacers played on Tuesday. Five of the team's last six games have been on the road, and they have three more away contests before returning to Chicago to face the Orlando Magic on April 14.

Once fully immunized -- 14 days after receiving their final dose -- vaccinated individuals will be eligible for relaxed health and safety protocols, according to a memo distributed to teams last month. Those guidelines reportedly include not having to quarantine upon exposure, not having to undergo PCR testing on off days and more recreational flexibility outside of team activities.

Chicago is expected to widen vaccine eligibility to all city residents age 16 or over on April 19, according to the city's website. The United Center, where the Bulls and Blackhawks play, has served as a mass vaccine distribution center since early March.

The Athletic first reported news on the vaccination process for the Bulls.

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