Fact Check On Aaron Rodgers Bizarre COVID Beliefs And Pat McAfee Show’s “Wke Mob” Claim

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Aaron Rodgers was recently targeted after testing positive for COVID-19 despite previous claims that he was “immunized,” only to find that it didn’t mean vaccinated. Friday started shooting back.

Speaking on the Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers said he was “in the sights of the awakened crowd” and that “before my last nail is put in my treasure chest of cancellation culture,” he wanted to clear up some of the “blatant lies out there.” he said he did not lie at his August 27 press conference when he said he was “immunized,” but said there was a “witch hunt” that was continuing to shame people who weren’t vaccinated.

Rodgers said he did not receive two of the vaccines because he found he was allergic to an ingredient in the mRNA vaccines and said that when the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was withdrawn in mid-April, he decided he would not get that vaccine either.

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“I’m not some kind of anti-vax flat-earther. I’m someone who is a critical thinker. Rotten to the beat of my drum. I strongly believe in body autonomy. Not having to acquire a smart culture or a crazed group of individuals,” Rodgers said. on the show.

According to a report by NBC News, Dr. Niraj Patel of Atlanta, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, said that “you are as likely to be struck by lightning as to have an allergic reaction to a vaccine against Covid “.

He referred to blood clotting in the Johnson and Johnson vaccine when it was withdrawn. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the stop was a temporary hiatus and the FDA gave the green light for the vaccine to be reused. Blood clots were reportedly in adult women under the age of 50 and only occur at a rate of around seven per 1 million vaccinated women, and are even rarer among older women and all men.

In addition to being allergic to a vaccine ingredient and his concern for the J&J vaccine, Rodgers said he would like to become a father and that, as far as he knows, “there have been no long-term studies on infertility or fertility issues. around vaccines “.

Dr. Jennifer Kawwass, reproductive endocrinologist and associate professor at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, he told NBC News that there is no evidence that the vaccine could impact fertility.

“There is evidence to suggest that SARS-CoV-2 infection has the potential to impact both male and female fertility and certainly the health of someone infected with pregnancy,” Kawwass told NBC News. .

Rather than getting the vaccine, Rodgers said he followed his own immunization protocols which he developed with his medical team. He said immunization has been around for centuries and doctors have been using it for decades and that it was for adults and children who can’t get traditional vaccines. When McAfee asked him to explain what the immunization methods were, Rodgers said he would keep it “between my doctors and me, but it was a way to stimulate my immune system to create a defense against COVID.”

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He said his medical team was made up of holistic doctors, homeopaths, “Harvard doctors and brilliant people from all over the country.”

He previously claimed to have consulted with a “friend of mine, Joe Rogan”, a controversial podcast host, and said he is following Rogan’s recommendations on how to have “the best possible immunity.” He said he is taking monocolonal antibodies, ivermectin, zinc, vitamins C and D, and hydroxychloroquine.

The The FDA said ivermectin it should not be used to prevent or treat COVID-19 in humans or animals and has stated that it is “for human use only to treat infections caused by certain parasitic worms and lice and skin conditions such as rosacea.” Even the FDA has warned against the use of hydroxychloroquine due to the risk of heart rhythm problems.

Now that he’s tested positive, Rodgers said he’ll develop natural immunity and that studies have found that “if you’ve taken COVID and bounced back, that’s the best enhanced immunity you can have.”

The CDC found in a recent study that having the vaccine is better protection from possible reinfection than natural immunity from having contracted the virus previously.

Rodgers said the NFL classified him as an unvaccinated individual despite his immunization efforts and that he appealed the decision. Rodgers said he brought 500 pages of research to the appeal process arguing why he shouldn’t be classified as unvaccinated.

“I think they thought I was a charlatan,” Rodgers said.

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Rodgers complained that NFL policies on handling vaccinated versus unvaccinated players are “based on shame” and have no scientific backing. He said he is required to be tested every day and that he must wear a mask, even when standing on the podium talking to the press when he is further away from masked media members.

Rodgers said he believed there was no science behind the policy that made him wear a mask in a facility where everyone had either been fully vaccinated or previously tested negative.

“It was my opinion that this was not rooted in science,” Rodgers said. “Any other protocol, I followed a T.”

McAfee asked Rodgers if he felt compelled to follow their rules, since he said others would say it’s a privilege to be able to play in the NFL. Rodgers replied that while he sees both sides of the argument and that the league can implement its own policies, “I didn’t agree with any of them.”

“I didn’t sign a piece of paper that gave away my rights to live a normal season of life and I felt like I protected myself in a way that not only protected myself and my teammates,” said Rodgers. . “I tested more than 300 times before testing positive. As I said, it probably came from a vaccinated individual. I don’t think many of these policies are rooted in science.”

He compared himself to Martin Luther King Jr., paraphrasing King’s original quote, which was “You have not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. On the contrary, you have a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” .

“The great MLK said you have a moral obligation to object to unfair rules and rules that don’t make sense. In my opinion, it doesn’t make sense to me,” Rodgers said.

Before the start of the season the NFL and the NFLPA have both agreed on COVID-19 protocols for the regular season.

Rodgers, who once hosted “Jeopardy,” said there are two questions he has for the “awake crowd”: why do people keep catching the coronavirus, spreading it, and dying from it if they get vaccinated and if the vaccine is safe, why do vaccine manufacturers have “full immunity?”

Reports from the CDC that vaccines protect against serious disease and that breakthrough cases can occur. He says studies have found that unvaccinated people are 6.1 times more likely to be infected and 11.3 times more likely to suffer hospitalization or death than fully vaccinated individuals.

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