Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Friday he sought alternative treatment instead of NFL-approved COVID-19 vaccination because he is allergic to an ingredient in two of the FDA-approved shots.
Speaking on SiriusXM’s “The Pat McPhee Show,” Rodgers said: “I’m not an anti-vax, flat-Earth. I’m allergic to an ingredient that’s in mRNA vaccines. I need a long-term vaccination to protect myself. The protocol was found and I am very proud of the research done on it.”
Rodgers, who turns 38 on December 2, did not say what ingredient he was allergic to, or how he knew he was allergic.
Rodgers, who has been tested daily as part of NFL protocol without vaccination, found that he contracted COVID-19 on Wednesday. The current NFL MVP said he was not feeling well on Thursday but was much better on Friday.
Rodgers cannot rejoin the Packers for 10 days, missing Sunday’s game in Kansas City. He must test negative to return to the team on November 13.
During the interview with McAfee, Rodgers incorrectly quoted the CDC website and offered his own explanation for why Johnson & Johnson didn’t get the vaccine.
Rodgers said that the CDC’s website says, “Should you be allergic to any of the ingredients, you shouldn’t get one of the mRNA vaccines. So they both (Moderna and Pfizer) were already out.”
Instead the CDC site says, “If you have had a severe allergic reaction or immediate allergic reaction to any component of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine – even if it is not severe, you will not have any of the currently available mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.” Should get -19 vaccines.”
Rodgers did not say that he had an allergic reaction.
He said, along with some of the public issues associated with Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine – the clotting issue and his “hearing of many people who had adverse events around getting the J-J … at the time the J-J shot was also an option.” was not.”
COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the US have been tested in thousands of people and have proven to be both safe and effective in dramatically reducing the risk of serious illness and death. Vaccines are now administered to more than 200 million Americans and real-world use and additional government safety tracking have made it clear that serious side effects are extremely rare – and that any risks are far outweighed by the risks posed by COVID-19.
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 it upon my return to the Packers (in August),” Rodgers said. “At that time I petitioned them to accept my vaccinations as part of their vaccination protocol.”
A member of the Packers medical staff questioned the medical director of the NFL Players Association on behalf of an anonymous player, who asked if someone could present him as “fully vaccinated” under an alternative homeopathic treatment protocol. That player was Rodgers.
The NFLPA’s medical director, Dr. Thom Meyer, shared an email from the team and material related to Rodgers with the league’s medical chief, Dr. Alan Sills, and an independent infectious disease expert, who were asked for their opinion.
The expert, hired jointly by the league and union, said he did not find in his research that the treatment provided reliable and strong COVID-19 protection – that the treatment was not equivalent to receiving one of three approved vaccines. There was a lack of scientific data demonstrating whether and how well the treatment Rodgers approved would work.
The union and doctors were never again contacted by Rodgers after his petition, and the latter’s appeal was denied.
“And I also said, how come there is no medical exemption, religious exemption, no exemption for pre-existing conditions?” Rogers added. “And they basically said all of them are basically exempt but you’ll be put in the non-vaccinated category.”
Rodgers also told McAfee that he worries about potential fertility issues if he had taken any vaccinations.
Several scientists, including three doctors who specialize in reproductive healthThe U.S. has confirmed the safety of vaccination for couples who want to have a child and urged people to seek their doctors or nurse practitioners with any questions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and obstetrician groups also recommend getting the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant individuals.
Dr. Stephanie Broadwell of Sanford Health Fargo, Dr. Stephanie Foty of Altrue Health Devil’s Lake and Dr. Anna Tobias of Sanford Health Bismarck asked to receive the vaccine in July at a virtual North Dakota town hall.
“I can understand people are scared, people are nervous,” Broadwell said. “I think sometimes there can be information that can be helpful and some that can be somewhat misleading. I think it’s really hard to digest all the information out there and the stories that are filtering through.” They may also come from credible sources.”
Rodgers strongly questioned the protocol of the NFL as well as any organization imposing health requirements on individuals.
“I strongly believe in physical autonomy and the ability to make choices for your body, not to be familiar with some waking culture or crazy group of individuals who say you have to do something,” he said. “Health isn’t one size fits all, and for me that involves a lot of study in the off season.”
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