After testing positive for COVID-19, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers claimed he has an “allergy” to Covid-19 vaccines and that he is taking an “immunization protocol” to combat the virus.
When asked in August if he’d been vaccinated, Rodgers told the press, “Yeah, I’m immunized.”
Here you are👇 pic.twitter.com/kz5ePIVrdt
— David Sullivan (@dvdsly6) November 4, 2021
But during an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers said he didn’t lie to the press. “Look, I’m not, you know, some sort of anti-vax flat-earther. I am somebody who is a critical thinker,” he told the show’s listeners.
And yet, he then went on to attack pharmaceutical companies and criticized the newly-announced antiviral pill from Pfizer which has been shown to be very effective in treating COVID-19.
Chemical structures of the two drugs are literally completely different. For all that “research” he did, he sure seems to not understand basic science.
— Cam Scotch (@ScotchCam) November 5, 2021
“I believe strongly in bodily autonomy and ability to make choices for your body: Not have to acquiesce to some woke culture or crazed group of individuals who say you have to do something. Health is not a one-size-fits-all for everybody.”
Rogers added that he has an “allergy to an ingredient that’s in the mRNA vaccines” currently available from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. He didn’t specify what exactly that ingredient is.
He also said he feared possible adverse effects from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Turns out Aaron Rodgers did his OWN research with his good pal Joe Rogan.
What could go wrong?🤣 pic.twitter.com/qQKshgyYyT
— 🇵🇱Reality Dose🇺🇸 (@LRPow79) November 5, 2021
Rodgers claims that, after doing extensive research, he said he found “there was an immunization protocol that I could go through to best protect myself and my teammates.”
“I consulted with a now good friend of mine Joe Rogan, after he got Covid and I’ve been doing a lot of stuff that he recommended,” Rodgers said.
In describing that protocol, Rodgers said he had taken ivermectin, a drug used foremost to treat or prevent parasites in animals and monoclonal antibodies.
Note: neither the FDA nor Merck (which manufactures ivermectin) have authorized or approved ivermectin for use in treating or preventing COVID-19. In some cases where it was taken, people have wound up in the hospital.
Aaron Rodgers did a lot of talking, mostly COVID talking points that are materially and demonstrably false. I fact-checked his assertions because it's important people know the truth.
If you're going to listen to a podcaster might as well be me, the guy with verified science. pic.twitter.com/DJZE7czKcu
— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) November 5, 2021
According to Dr. Niraj Patel of Atlanta, chair of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s Covid-19 Vaccine Task Force, the number of people who have had anaphylactic reactions to Covid vaccines is very small, about 2 to 5 cases per million doses, said .
Said Patel to CNBC: “Putting this into perspective, you’re as likely to get struck by lightning as you are to have an allergic reaction to a Covid vaccine.”
Rodgers will not be able to rejoin the Packers for 10 days, missing Sunday’s game at Kansas City. He will need a negative test to return to the team on Nov. 13.
Aaron Rodgers, are you wearing a football helmet?
Yes, I am wearing protection on my head. pic.twitter.com/d2tookhxBm
— Classless Skip Extreme Masker ☕️☕️ (@MenaceSocietyUT) November 5, 2021
Aaron Rodgers talking to the Packers pic.twitter.com/L0GQbHvkxu
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) November 3, 2021
Aaron Rodgers actually took Covid advice from Joe Friggin Rogan instead of medical professionals and he ended up with Covid. That’s a real shocker. He needs to stop talking. He’s looking like a real 🤡
— lisalisa (@minnyguinea) November 5, 2021