The fallout from Aaron Rodgers’ stance on the COVID-19 vaccine and the alternative treatments he has undergone to circumvent the disease has 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 that provides primary and specialty healthcare across the state — announced on Saturday that it has ended its partnership with the Packers quarterback.
“Prevea Health remains deeply committed to protecting its patients, staff, providers and communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement read. “That includes encouraging and helping all eligible populations to become vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent the virus from further significantly impacting lives and livelihoods.”
Saturday’s announcement comes amid news that Rodgers has not only contracted the coronavirus, but seemingly misled others into believing he was vaccinated against the disease. The Packers quarterback on Aug. 26 said he was “immunized” against the disease, though he did not specifically say he received the vaccine. Instead, he underwent a homeopathic treatment from his personal doctor to raise his antibody levels.
Rodgers has since spoken out against those who criticized his decision to remain unvaccinated. He railed against the “woke mob” in an interview on “The Pat McAfee Show,” but declined the notion he was an “anti-vax flat-earther.” 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 refrain from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine once it was recalled. He also claimed to want to be a father someday, adding that he didn’t want to get a vaccine that could affect his ability to conceive a child.
He also said 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 COVID-19 vaccine stance. Fellow NFC North quarterback Kirk Cousins lost a sponsorship deal with his hometown hospital for his refusal to get the vaccine. Holland Hospital (Mich.) on Aug. 7 announced it had removed the Vikings quarterback from his unpaid role because he did not align with the hospital’s vaccine stance.