During a prolonged run Friday against a COVID-19 vaccine, a “wake up rush” and a “witch hunt” against him, Aaron Rodgers said a primary reason for “not getting the jab” is that they feared it might make them infertile.
“The next great chapter in my life, I believe, is to be a father,” the Green Bay Packers quarterback said during his 46-minute appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
Given that 37-year-old Rodgers is engaged to actor Shailene Woodley, the assumption is that he is looking forward to starting a family with her. But the NFL star said he was worried that his dream of parenthood would be derailed if he found a COVID-19 vaccine, citing that the vaccine could cause fertility problems.
“To my knowledge, there have been zero long-term studies around sterility or fertility issues around vaccines,” Rodgers said. “It was definitely something I was worried about and it went through my mind.”
False claims of binding a COVID vaccine to infertility have spread on Twitter and Facebook over the past year. The claims have been flagged as misinformation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The NFL MVP and 29-year-old Woodley announced earlier this year that they secretly dated and engaged in 2020 during the long months of the pandemic lockdown.
Shortly after the new celebrity super couple made their romance public, Rodgers spoke about his dream of becoming a father.
“I’m in that age group where a lot of my closest friends from high school and college are now fathers and have families of their own,” Rodgers said in an interview. “It’s probably not in the immediate future, but it’s definitely something that I really look forward to. I’ve done a great job taking care of myself for the past 37 years and will at some point want to take care of another life.” Looking forward to it too. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Woodley has not commented on her fiancé’s COVID controversy, except possibly via a cryptic and since-deleted Instagram Story post. “May calm seas give you peace, but storms are where you will find your strength,” the post said.
People on social media have wondered whether Rodgers’ vaccine resistance comes from Woodley. The “Big Little Lies” star previously spoke in interviews about her preferences for herbal remedies, alternative medicine, and even eating clay to eliminate “metals” from the body.
Rodgers and Woodley are also good friends with actor Miles Teller, who was at the center of controversy over the summer after he reportedly stopped production on his new TV series because he refused to be vaccinated and tested positive for COVID.
Rodgers, a former Cal quarterback and Chico native, landed at a national firearms center this week after testing positive for COVID-19. The news of his positive test also came with revelations that he had not been vaccinated and had apparently lied to the media and others when he said in August that he had been “vaccinated”. Rodgers faces additional scrutiny for attempting to advance homeopathic remedies as an alternative to a vaccine and possibly for violating NFL safety protocols for unvaccinated players.
Rodgers’ positive test means he missed Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs and must isolate for 10 days, which is the protocol for unvaccinated players.
On “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers said he experienced symptoms of COVID-19 earlier this week and “didn’t feel very well,” but was feeling better on Friday. However, he showed that he was not feeling good about his belief that he was the latest victim of “cancellation culture”.
One of his talks included unfounded fears about infertility.
“There are stories on the Internet about how vaccinations can cause infertility. There is nothing in it,” Francis Collins, former director of the National Institutes of Health, told The Washington Post.
Rodgers said his initial reason for not getting the vaccines from Moderna or Pfizer is because he is allergic to an ingredient in the mRNA vaccines made by those companies. He said he was only following an advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rodgers did not identify specific allergies.
But even if Rodgers was able to take one of the mRNA vaccines, he said he would be hesitant because of his desire to have children.
“We don’t know what the long-term effects of these (vaccines) are,” Rodgers said. “So when people say ‘Just jab pao, just jab pao,’ well, everyone is different and there are a lot of things we don’t know about it.”
The CDC states that anyone 12 or older gets the vaccine, including those who are expecting to become pregnant in the near or long term. The CDC also said that there is no evidence to show that any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines, causes fertility problems in women or men.
Similarly, the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU) and Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR) said earlier this year that there is no evidence that COVID vaccines affect male fertility. .
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) also recommends that pregnant and lactating women be offered the COVID-19 vaccine, while the American Society for Reproductive Medicine says that the vaccine should be offered to “those who plan to conceive.” should not be stopped from patients with The ASRM further stresses that “patients undergoing fertility treatment and pregnant patients should be encouraged to receive vaccination based on eligibility criteria.”
Rodgers said his only option was a vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson, but had “heard of many people who had adverse events around having J&J.” He claimed he “spoke to a lot of medical individuals and professionals” about other options and “found a vaccination protocol he could go through to best protect himself.”
Rodgers also said that some of his expert advice came from podcaster Joe Rogan, who claimed he treated his battle with the coronavirus with ivermectin.
Rodgers said he had taken ivermectin, which can only be obtained with a prescription. This drug is given to both humans and horses to treat parasites.