One day after Aaron Rodgers interview with the Pat McAfee Show where he tried to explain why he wasn’t vaccinated, a Wisconsin-based health care organization 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 Nov. 6, 2021,” Prevea Health said in a statement Saturday. “Aaron has been a partner of Prevea Health, serving as a spokesperson and supporting the health care organization’s health and wellness initiatives throughout Wisconsin, since 2012. Prevea Health remains deeply committed to protecting its patients, staff, providers and communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes encouraging and helping all eligible populations to become vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent the virus from further significantly impacting lives and livelihoods.”
Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, and will miss Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. On Friday, Rodgers appeared on the “The Pat McAfee Show” and explained his decision to not get vaccinated. Rodgers claimed he has an allergy to mRNA vaccines, which prevented him from getting the two of the three approved vaccines and did not feel comfortable getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of reactions that he had heard about.
The quarterback petitioned the NFL, the NFL Players Association and a jointly approved infectious disease expert to be considered vaccinated and therefore not have to follow protocols that unvaccinated players do both in team facilities and outside.
In the meantime, Rodgers told reporters in August that he was “immunized.” Shortly thereafter, his petition was denied.
The NFL said last week that it had launched an investigation into the matter but said that responsibility for enforcement of the policies rest first with each team.