Aaron Rodgers Explains Why He’s Not Vaccinated; Cites mRNA Ingredient Allergy

SEATTLE - AUGUST 21: Superbowl Champion Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers walks on Qwest Field after winning a football game August 21, 2010 in Seattle, Washington.


The news that Aaron Rodgers, who previously said he was “immunized,” would miss this week’s game and possibly next week’s after testing positive for COVID-19 and not being vaccinated, NFL Twitter was set on fire.

There were plenty of hot takes and comments about Rodgers and his vaccination status, and now the Green Bay Packers quarterback is attempting to answer some questions.

On Friday, Rodgers sat down for an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show to explain why he has been hesitant to get the vaccine.

“I realize I’m in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now, so before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket, I think I’d like to set the record straight on some of the blatant lies that are out there about myself right now,” Rodgers said as he began his interview.

Among Rodgers’ reasons are an apparent allergy to an ingredient in the mRNA vaccine, a consultation with podcast host and comedian Joe Rogan, and a fear that the vaccine would make him sterile when he plans to start a family in the future.

“I’ve consulted with a now-good friend of mine, Joe Rogan, after he got COVID and I’ve been doing a lot of the stuff that he recommended in his podcasts and on the phone to me,” he said. “I’ve been taking monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, zinc, vitamin c and d, and HCQ, and I feel incredible.”

Rodgers said that he is not anti-vax, but he is “proud of the research” he put into his decision which included alternative treatments.

“I have an allergy to an ingredient that is in the mRNA vaccines. So, on the CDC’s own website it says, ‘should you have an allergy to any of these ingredients you should not get one of the mRNA vaccines.’ So those two were out already,” Rodgers said.

“My only other option was the Johnson & Johnson. At this time, in the early spring I had heard of multiple people who had adverse side effects around getting the J&J. No deaths or anything, but just some really difficult times.”

Rodgers also quoted Martin Luther King Jr. while explaining why he doesn’t like wearing a mask around team facilities — something that is required by the NFL for non-vaccinated players.

The NFL has said it will look into the COVID situation within the Packers organization and, judging by what happened to some teams last season, fines could be coming. It will be interesting to see what decision the league ultimately makes.

As for the Packers, the show must go on and up next is a meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday with Jordan Love replacing Rodgers under center.

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