A large Wisconsin health system Saturday ended his partnership with unvaccinated Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, citing the healthcare provider’s commitment to vaccinating people against Covid-19.
Prevea Health, based in Green Bay, and its partners have more than 80 health care facilities in northern, eastern and western Wisconsin, including services in hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices. Prevea executives and medical providers say they are working to vaccinate the populations they serve against Covid-19.
But Rodgers, who was infected with Covid-19 and can’t play on Sunday due to National Football League rules, confirmed this week that he was not vaccinated, say in a radio show Friday he had an allergy to mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna which prevented him from getting two of the three injections approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
Rodgers, however, instead pursued his own unproven remedies and consulted podcaster Joe Rogan on vaccine alternatives, which was apparently enough for Prevea Health to end his relationship with the Packers star quarterback and three-time NFL Most Valuable Player.
ESPN reported that Rodgers, who said in August that he was “immune” to the virus “asked 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 at team facilities and away. ”The NFL, however, denied Rodgers’ petition.
Prevea Health did not comment on Rodgers’ unproven cures for Covid, which included ivermectin, a drug best known to be taken by animals to fight parasites. Prevea, however, underlined the importance of vaccinations against Covid-19 in his press release.
“Aaron has been a partner of Prevea Health, serving as a spokesperson for and supporting the health and wellness initiatives of the healthcare organization throughout Wisconsin, since 2012.” Prevea said in a statement on Saturday. “Prevea Health remains deeply committed to protecting its patients, staff, providers and communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes encouraging and helping all eligible populations to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent the virus from further affecting lives and livelihoods. “
Prevea Health has not disclosed the terms of its 9-year relationship with Rodgers.
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