Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and local healthcare provider end partnership amid COVID-19 vaccination controversy

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GREEN BAY, Wis. – A day after Aaron Rodgers explained why he wasn’t vaccinated and how he tried to get full vaccine status because he received an alternative treatment to try to protect himself against COVID-19, a Wisconsin-based healthcare organization has announced the end of its partnership with the Green Bay Packers quarterback.

“Prevea Health and Aaron Rodgers have made the decision to end their partnership effective November 6, 2021,” Prevea Health said in a statement Saturday. “Aaron has been a partner of Prevea Health, serving as an advocate and supporting the healthcare organization’s health and wellness initiatives across Wisconsin, since 2012. Prevea Health remains deeply committed to protecting its patients , its staff, providers and communities in the midst of COVID-19 This includes encouraging and supporting all eligible populations to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to prevent the virus from having a significant impact on lives and livelihoods.

The organization said it would have no further comment.

Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and will miss Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. During a 46-minute appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Friday, Rodgers said an allergy to mRNA vaccines prevented him from receiving two of three approved vaccines and he didn’t feel up to it. comfortable receiving the other because of reactions he had heard. The use of this vaccine was briefly suspended earlier this year.

The quarterback asked the NFL, the NFL Players Association and a jointly approved infectious disease expert to be considered vaccinated and therefore not have to follow the protocols that unvaccinated players follow both in team facilities and outdoors.

Meanwhile, Rodgers told reporters in August that he was “immune”. Shortly after, his request was denied.

Rodgers violated at least one of the protocols for unvaccinated players by regularly appearing at his press conferences without a mask. Only vaccinated players can do this.

“Some of the rules for me aren’t based on science at all. They’re based purely on trying to shame people, like the need to wear a mask on a podium when everyone in the room is vaccinated. and that wearing a mask makes no sense to me,” Rodgers said on the show on Friday. “If you got vaccinated to protect yourself from a virus that I don’t have as an unvaccinated person, then why are you worried about all I can give you?

“And let me get to the protocols now because that’s obviously also the case: I’ve followed every protocol to a T – minus the one I just mentioned which makes absolutely no sense to me. But my daily routine is the routine of an unvaccinated person.”

Protocols agreed to by the NFL and the players’ union also prevent unvaccinated players from congregating with more than three teammates or coaches away from the facility. Social media posts showed photos of Rodgers at events with more than three other team members, including a Halloween party hosted by one of his teammates last week.

The NFL said last week it had launched an investigation into the matter, but said responsibility for enforcing policies rests with each team first.

Earlier this year, a hospital in the hometown of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​cut ties with him. Cousins ​​is also not vaccinated.

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