Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, local health care provider end partnership amid COVID-19 vaccination controversy

GREEN BAY (Wis.) -- A day after Aaron Rodgers described why he wasn't vaccinated and how he tried for full vaccination, a Wisconsin-based healthcare organization announced that it had ended its partnership with the Packers quarterback.
Prevea Health announced Saturday that Aaron Rodgers and Prevea Health have decided to end their partnership with effective November 6, 2021. Since 2012, Aaron Rodgers has been Prevea Health's partner. He serves as the spokesperson for Prevea Health and supports its health and wellness programs throughout Wisconsin. Prevea Health is committed to the protection of its patients, staff and communities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. To prevent further significant impacts on lives and livelihoods, Prevea Health encourages and assists all eligible populations to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The organization stated that it would not comment further.

Rodgers was found to have COVID-19 and will be unable to attend Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Rodgers stated that he was allergic to two of three vaccines. He also said that he didn't feel comfortable with the other vaccine because of reactions he had heard of. The use of this vaccine was temporarily suspended in the spring.

The quarterback asked the NFL, the NFL Players Association, and an approved infectious disease expert to consider him vaccinated. They were not required to follow the same protocols as unvaccinated players in the team facilities.

Rodgers claimed that he had been "immunized" in August. His petition was denied shortly thereafter.

Rodgers regularly appeared at his news conferences wearing a mask, in violation of at least one protocol for unvaccinated athletes. This is something that only vaccinated players are allowed to do.

"Some of my rules are not based on science at all." These rules are purely based in trying to shame people. For example, wearing a mask at a podium is absurd. Rodgers said that if you were vaccinated to protect you from a virus that I do not have, why should you be concerned about what I can give?

"Now let me touch on protocols because that's also been out there: I have followed each protocol to the T -- except that one that makes absolutely no sense. My daily routine is that of an unvaccinated person.

Protocols set by the NFL and players' union prevent unvaccinated athletes from gathering with more then three coaches or teammates away from the facility. Photos of Rodgers attending events with more then three teammates have been shared on social media, including at a Halloween party hosted last week by one of his teammates.

Last week, the NFL stated that it was conducting an investigation into the matter. However, each team is responsible for enforcing the policies.

Kirk Cousins, the Minnesota Vikings' quarterback, had his hospital cut off earlier this year. Cousins is also unvaccinated.