Rodgers makes first public appearance since testing positive for COVID-19, explains vaccination decision

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws under pressure from Arizona Cardinals...
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws under pressure from Arizona Cardinals middle linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)(Rick Scuteri | AP)
Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 12:49 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WSAW) - Aaron Rodgers made his first public appearance since testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, appearing on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday.

In the interview, Rodgers explained his vaccination decision, saying, “I didn’t lie in the initial press conference.” He was referring to his answer in August, when asked if he was vaccinated, he responded with “Yeah, I’ve been immunized.”

He said he currently is on multiple treatments, like Ivermectin, zinc and monoclonal antibodies.

“I feel pretty incredible,” Rodgers said.

The National Institutes for Health says Ivermectin is not recommended for the treatment of COVID-19.

“There is insufficient evidence for the COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel (the Panel) to recommend either for or against the use of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19. Results from adequately powered, well-designed, and well-conducted clinical trials are needed to provide more specific, evidence-based guidance on the role of ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19.”

He added he didn’t seek to mislead people about his vaccination status, rather avoid the conversation and shaming he’s seen around the NFL. He said he’s been a victim of shaming from a “woke mob” and victim of a “witch hunt.”

He then went into why he made the decision to not get vaccinated, explaining that he was allergic to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccination, leaving the Johnson & Johnson vaccination the only option. When that vaccine had blood clot concerns, he decided against getting the shot.

“My medical team advised me that my chances of getting an adverse event was greater than my chances of getting COVID,” Rodgers said.

The CDC has recommended the J&J vaccine, saying clotting is rare.

He said he appealed the NFL and NFLPA decision about his vaccination status, saying, “My desire to immunize myself is what was best for my body.”

He claimed he wore masks when he was in the building and followed all NFLPA protocols, explaining that in press conference rooms, reporters are vaccinated and masked. He said he is tested for COVID-19 every morning.

“I have followed every single protocol to a ‘T’, except that one that makes absolutely no sense to me,” Rodgers said, referring to the press conferences.

“The only time I don’t wear my mask is when I’m around all vaccinated people.”

Rodgers explained that his teammates and team knew he was unvaccinated since the beginning of the season.

“Everybody has their own story for doing things. But this shaming of people is wrong,” Rodgers said when talking about people making their own health decisions.

At the beginning of the season, Rodgers says the Packers were in a “stooge” to shame the team for being 19th in the NFL in vaccination rates. He raised questions to the team and says teammates praised him for it.

He quoted Martin Luther King Jr, saying “The great MLK said, ‘You have a moral obligation to object to unjust rules and rules that make no sense.’” The quote was from a letter sent to the Birmingham, Alabama jail regarding segregation.

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