Aaron Rodgers has recovered from COVID-19 despite being unvaccinated against the virus. He is set to start as quarterback for the Green Bay Packers today in their game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Fox News reported that Rodgers was forced to miss last week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs because he tested positive for COVID-19, and it was then revealed that he had never been vaccinated. This landed him in hot water with the left, as he had said he was “immunized” over the summer when asked about his vaccination status.
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Rodgers was later fined $14,000 for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols, and the Packers were fined $300,000. Despite this, he has stood by his actions when it comes to the vaccine.
“Some of the rules, to me, are not based in science at all. They’re purely trying to out and shame people, like needing to wear a mask at a podium when every person in the room is vaccinated and wearing a mask — makes no sense to me,” Aaron said last week, according to Fox News. “I have followed every single protocol to a tee, minus the one I just mentioned because it actually makes no sense to me. My daily routine is the routine of an unvaccinated person.”
Rodgers later doubled down in another interview.
“I understand that this issue, in general, is very charging to a lot of people because we’re talking about public health. I totally respect that. I made a decision that was in the best interest based on consulting with my doctors,” Aaron said in another interview, according to People Magazine. “I understand that not everybody’s gonna understand that necessarily, but I respect everybody’s opinion.”
“I’m an athlete. I’m not an activist,” he added. “So I’m going to get back to doing what I do best, and that’s playing ball. I shared my opinion. It wasn’t one that was come to frivolously. It involved a lot of study and what I felt like was in my best interest for my body.”
In the end, Rodgers feels that he should be free to make his own decisions about what goes into his body, without anyone forcing him to take a shot, according to The New York Post.
“I believe strongly in bodily autonomy and the ability to make choices for your body, not to have to acquiesce to some woke culture or crazed group of individuals who say you have to do something. Health is not a one-size-fits-all for everybody,” he said.