Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Photo / AP
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on Friday he was looking for alternative treatments instead of the NFL-approved Covid-19 vaccinations because he is allergic to an ingredient in two of the FDA-approved injections.
Speaking on SiriusXM’s âPat McAfee Show,â Rodgers said, âI’m not an anti-vax, flat earth. I have an allergy to an ingredient that is in mRNA vaccines. have found a long-term immunization protocol to protect myself and I am very proud of the research that has gone into it. “
Rodgers, who will be 38 on Dec. 2, did not say which ingredient he was allergic to, or how he knows he is allergic.
Rodgers, who has been tested daily under NFL protocols for the unvaccinated, found he contracted Covid-19 on Wednesday. The reigning NFL MVP said he was not feeling well on Thursday, but was doing much better on Friday.
Rodgers can’t join the Packers for 10 days, missing Sunday’s game in Kansas City. He must test negative to return to the squad on November 13.
During the interview with McAfee, Rodgers misquoted the CDC website, said he took advice from popular podcaster Joe Rogan, and explained why he didn’t take the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Rodgers said the CDC website read “if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients, you shouldn’t be getting any of the mRNA vaccines. So those two (Moderna and Pfizer) were out already.”
Instead, the CDC website says, “If you’ve had a severe allergic reaction or an immediate allergic reaction – even if it wasn’t serious – to any ingredient in a Covid-19 mRNA vaccine, you won’t should get any of the currently available Covid-19 -19 mRNAs. “
Rodgers did not say he had an allergic reaction.
He said that with some of the public issues involving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – clotting issues and his “hearing from several people who had had adverse events around getting the J&J … the J&J vaccine was not even an option at this point “.
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.
There are several reasons Rodgers is not vaccinated, he said, including the likelihood that he and his fiancee, actress Shailene Woodley, will try to have children one day.
Woodley posted a cryptic Instagram post on Friday, sharing a graphic that read: “Calm seas may bring you peace, but storms are where you will find your power.”
He also invoked the memory of Dr Martin Luther King Jr to illustrate his stance against vaccination warrants.
“By the way, the great MLK said, ‘You have a moral obligation to stand up against unfair rules and rules that make no sense,” “Rodgers said. “In my opinion, that doesn’t make sense to me. I test every day. Every day.”
To treat his infection, Rodgers said he was relying on the advice of Rogan, who has been one of the main skeptics of the Covid-19 vaccine in the United States.
âI consulted a good friend of mine, Joe Rogan, and did a lot of the things he recommended on his podcast,â Rodgers said.
Rodgers’ research led him to a treatment he did not detail, and he said the NFL was aware of the treatment protocol he was using, which took “several months.”
“The league was fully aware of this when I returned to the Packers (in August),” said Rodgers. “That’s when I asked them to accept my vaccination as part of their vaccination protocol.”
A Packers medical staff member asked the medical director of the NFL Players Association on behalf of an anonymous player who asked if an alternative homeopathic treatment could make him “fully vaccinated” according to protocols. That player was Rodgers.
NFLPA Medical Director Dr Thom Mayer shared a team email and related Rodgers documents with Dr Allen Sills, the league’s medical chief, and with an independent infectious disease expert, who were asked for an opinion.
The expert, hired jointly by the league and the union, said he could not find in his research that the treatment offered reliable and robust Covid-19 protection – that the treatment did not amount to receiving the one of the three approved vaccines. There was a lack of scientific data demonstrating whether and to what extent the treatments Rodgers wanted approved would work.
The union and the doctors were never contacted again by Rodgers after his request and a subsequent appeal was dismissed.
“And I also said, how come there is no exemption for medical exemptions, religious exemptions, pre-existing conditions?” Rodgers added. “And they basically said these were all basically exempt, but you would be put in the unvaccinated category.”
Rodgers also told McAfee he was concerned about potential fertility issues if he had taken any of the vaccines.
Many scientists, including three doctors specializing in reproductive health, have vouched for the safety of vaccinations for couples who wish to have a baby and urged people to consult their doctor or nurse practitioner with any questions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and obstetrician groups also recommend Covid-19 vaccines for pregnant women.
Dr Stephanie Broadwell of Sanford Health Fargo, Dr Stephanie Foughty of Altru Health Devils Lake and Dr Ana Tobiaz of Sanford Health Bismarck said at a virtual town hall in North Dakota in July to get the vaccine.
âI can understand people are scared, people are nervous,â Broadwell said. âI think sometimes there can be information that can be useful and some that can be somewhat misleading. I think it’s really hard to digest all the information that is available and the stories that leak in and that come from can. – even be from reliable sources. “
Rodgers strongly questioned NFL protocols, as well as any organization that places health demands 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 declared. “Health is not one size fits all for everyone, and for me that involved a lot of study in the offseason.”