Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, local health care provider end partnership amid COVID-19 vaccination controversy


GREEN BAY, Wis. — At some point after Aaron Rodgers defined why he was unvaccinated and the way he tried to realize absolutely vaccinated standing as a result of he acquired an alternate remedy to supply him immunity from COVID-19, a Wisconsin-based well being care group introduced the top of its partnership with the Packers quarterback.

“Prevea Well being and Aaron Rodgers have made the choice to finish their partnership efficient Nov. 6, 2021,” Prevea Well being stated in an announcement Saturday. “Aaron has been a companion of Prevea Well being, serving as a spokesperson and supporting the well being care group’s well being and wellness initiatives all through Wisconsin, since 2012. Prevea Well being stays deeply dedicated to defending its sufferers, workers, suppliers and communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This consists of encouraging and serving to all eligible populations to turn into vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 to forestall the virus from additional considerably impacting lives and livelihoods.”

The group stated it might haven’t any additional remark.

Rodgers examined constructive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and can miss Sunday’s sport on the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. On Friday, throughout a 46-minute look on “The Pat McAfee Present,” Rodgers stated that an allergy to mRNA vaccines prevented him from getting two of the three authorized vaccines and that he didn’t really feel comfy getting the opposite due to reactions that he had heard about. That use of that vaccine was briefly suspended earlier this 12 months.

The quarterback petitioned the NFL, the NFL Gamers Affiliation and a collectively authorized infectious illness skilled to be thought-about vaccinated and due to this fact not must observe protocols that unvaccinated gamers do each in workforce amenities and outdoors.

Within the meantime, Rodgers advised reporters in August that he was “immunized.” Shortly thereafter, his petition was denied.

Rodgers has violated at the very least one of many protocols for unvaccinated gamers by recurrently showing at his information conferences with no masks. Solely vaccinated gamers can do this.

“A few of the guidelines to me aren’t based mostly in science in any respect. They’re based mostly purely in attempting to out and disgrace folks, like needing to put on a masks at a podium when each particular person within the room is vaccinated and sporting a masks is senseless to me,” Rodgers stated Friday on the present. “In case you obtained vaccinated to guard your self from a virus that I haven’t got as an unvaccinated particular person, then why are you apprehensive about something I may give you?

“And let me hit on protocols now as a result of that is clearly been on the market as properly: I’ve adopted each single protocol to a T — minus that one I simply talked about that makes completely no sense to me. However my each day routine is the routine of an unvaccinated particular person.”

Protocols agreed on by the NFL and the gamers’ union additionally stop unvaccinated gamers from gathering with greater than three teammates or coaches away from the power. Social media posts have proven pictures of Rodgers at occasions with greater than three others from the workforce, together with a Halloween social gathering hosted by one among his teammates final week.

The NFL stated final week that it had launched an investigation into the matter however stated that accountability for enforcement of the insurance policies relaxation first with every workforce.

Earlier this 12 months, a hospital within the hometown of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins lower ties with him. Cousins is also unvaccinated.