As another NFL season is set to begin, four-time league MVP and Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers appeared on the Saturday episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast and blasted the media’s focus on the COVID-19 vaccine as a “witch hunt.” He went into detail with Rogan about his decision to refuse the vaccine before last year’s NFL season.
When he faced intense media attention last year about his vaccination status, Rodgers was careful to simply describe himself as “immunized” against the vaccine. When he later was infected with COVID-19 and had to miss a game, he said he never lied about his status.
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The Green Bay Packers quarterback told Rogan that he had a strategy in mind when other professional football stars began being interrogated by the media about whether they were vaccinated.
He said that the process of grilling every player turned into a witch hunt, with some high-profile players simply saying it was a personal medical matter. He added that even though he would have been willing to discuss his reasoning about the vaccines, media members pressed him for a “yes” or “no” answer only.
Rodgers said that he carefully evaluated the mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna and decided against both because of a specific ingredient he knew he is allergic to. He said he also rejected the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of reports it was linked to blood clot issues.
He told Rogan that he eventually decided to simply tell reporters that he is “immunized” rather than vaccinated, and would answer any follow-up questions with the details about his decision. He said, “They didn’t follow up.”
When Rodgers became infected in October 2021, it was still widely believed that the vaccines prevented infection from the virus. He was then questioned further about his claim of being “immunized.” He told Rogan that was when the “s—storm hit, because now I’m a liar and endangering the community and my teammates, all these people,”
When his reputation and integrity were called into question, he said that he explained he rejected the mRNA vaccines because they contain polyethylene glycol (PEG). He said that he read on the CDC website that it was not recommended that anyone allergic to PEG receive the mRNA vaccines.
He told Rogan that when it was obvious to him that he was not a candidate for the vaccines, he sought immunization advice from a group of holistic doctors. He said that he settled on a protocol that seemed to best fit his needs.
The NFL and the players’ union agreed last year that vaccines would not be mandated, but unvaccinated players were required to submit to daily testing and wear masks inside team facilities. Those requirements have been waived for the upcoming 2022 season.