Health Care Firm Cut Ties With Aaron Rodgers After COVID-19 Vaccine Comments: NPR
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GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – A Wisconsin healthcare organization has ended a nine-year partnership with Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers after the quarterback detailed his reasoning for avoiding the three COVID vaccinations. 19 approved by the NFL.
A statement posted on Twitter by Prevea Health said the company and Rodgers have mutually agreed to end their partnership, effective Saturday. Prevea Health and Rodgers had been partners since 2012.
The statement said Prevea Health “remains deeply committed to protecting its patients, staff, providers and communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes encouraging and assisting all eligible populations to get vaccinated. against COVID-19 to prevent the virus from having a significant impact on lives. and livelihoods. “
The move comes a day after Rodgers told “The Pat McAfee Show” that he had sought alternative treatments to the COVID-19 vaccination because he is allergic to an ingredient in two of the injections approved by the FDA. Rodgers, who turns 38 in December, hasn’t said what ingredient he’s allergic to, or how he knows he’s allergic.
Rodgers strongly questioned the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, as well as any organization that places health requirements on individuals.
“I am a firm believer in bodily autonomy and the ability to make choices for your body, not having to nod to a waking culture or a bunch of crazy individuals who say you have to do something,” he said. he said on Friday. “Health is not one size fits all for everyone, and for me that involved a lot of study in the offseason.”
COVID-19 vaccines licensed in the United States have been tested on tens of thousands of people and have been shown to be both safe and effective in dramatically reducing the risk of serious illness and death. The vaccines have now been given to over 200 million Americans and this real-world use along with additional government safety monitoring has made it clear that serious side effects are extremely rare – and any risk is much lower. to the risks posed by COVID-19.
Rodgers, who has been tested daily under NFL protocols for unvaccinated players, found he contracted COVID-19 on Wednesday. He won’t be able to join the Packers for 10 days and will miss Sunday’s game in Kansas City. He must test negative to return to the squad on November 13.
The reigning NFL MVP, whose sponsorship deals include a starring role in commercials for insurance company State Farm, hinted his stance on vaccination could have ramifications when he described himself on Friday as a victim of “culture cancellation”.