The fallout from Aaron Rodgers’ stance on the COVID-19 vaccine and the alternative treatments he has undergone to avoid the disease have cost him a professional partnership with one of Wisconsin’s largest medical groups.
Prevea Health – A medical organization founded in Green Bay, Wisc. in 1996 providing primary and specialty health care throughout the state, announced Saturday that it ended its association with the Packers quarterback.
“Prevea Health remains deeply committed to protecting its patients, staff, providers and communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement read. “That 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.”
Saturday’s announcement comes amid news that Rodgers not only contracted the coronavirus, but he apparently misled others into believing that he was vaccinated against the disease. The Packers quarterback on Aug. 26 said he was “immunized” against the disease, although he did not specifically say that he received the vaccine. Instead, he underwent homeopathic treatment from his personal physician to raise his antibody levels.
Rodgers has since spoken out against those who criticized his decision to remain unvaccinated. In an interview on “The Pat McAfee Show,” he criticized the “awakening mob” but rejected the idea that it was an “anti-vax.” He said his decision not to get the vaccine was based on science: He claimed to be allergic to an ingredient in one of the vaccines, then said he wanted to abstain from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine once it was withdrawn. He also claimed to want to be a father one day, adding that he did not want to receive a vaccine that could affect his ability to conceive a child.
He also said that he is taking monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, zinc, vitamin C and D, and hydroxychloroquine. The FDA has advised against the use of ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine as remedies to prevent or treat COVID-19.
Rodgers is not the first quarterback to lose a medical sponsorship as a result of his stance on the COVID-19 vaccine. Fellow NFC North quarterback Kirk Cousins lost a sponsorship deal with his hometown hospital for his refusal to receive the vaccine. Holland Hospital (Michigan) announced on August 7 that it had removed the Vikings quarterback from his unpaid role because it did not align with the hospital’s vaccination stance.