Aaron Rodgers, suddenly the face of vaccine hesitation, no longer made much sense as the face of a medical clinic group that wants to encourage everyone to be vaccinated.
Prevea Health, which is headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., dropped the Packers quarterback as a spokesman one day after Rodgers, on “The Pat McAfee Show,” ranted against the “woke mob” that has shamed him since it was learned he has refused the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Prevea Health remains deeply committed to protecting its patients, staff, providers and communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,” the health-care organization said in a statement released Saturday. “This includes encouraging and helping all eligible populations to become vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent the virus from further significantly impacting lives and livelihoods.”
Rodgers, who had been a spokesman for Prevea Health since 2012, said he has an allergy to an ingredient in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and did not trust the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because he heard of friends’ adverse reactions to it and the fact it had been temporarily pulled over blood-clotting issues (reported clots affected mostly women, and in microscopic numbers). He also cited fears about fertility, though the CDC has said there is no evidence that links fertility issues with the vaccines.
Rodgers said he listened to COVID-19 advice from comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan, but seemingly not from Prevea Health. The 37-year-old Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, which will cost him at least one game and at least one sponsor.