Giants owner John Mara wishes vaccines were mandatory for every NFL player


If it was up to John Mara, every player in the NFL would have to be vaccinated. But, the Giants’ owner said, the NFLPA wouldn’t go for that.

“I’d prefer that everybody be vaccinated,” Mara said on Tuesday in his annual training camp media briefing. “I would’ve preferred that it would’ve been mandatory for players to get vaccinated. But the Players Association did not share that view, so we are where we are, which is not a bad spot to be in. Obviously, I’d like it to be 100 percent [of players vaccinated], because I think it’s the right thing to do.”

So far, his team has a high vaccination rate of “well over” 90 percent. And every non-player is fully vaccinated.

For now, Mara said the Giants will not be forcing fans to show proof of vaccination to attend games, as the Las Vegas Raiders announced they will be doing. But that could change.

John Mara on the Giants sideline in 2020.
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“I don’t want to rule anything out,” Mara said. “It’s something we’re going to have to discuss with the Governor’s office. … It’s a fluid situation.”

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