Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers confirmed he is unvaccinated against COVID-19 and is disappointed with the treatment he’s been receiving in the media while appearing on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday.
“I realize I’m in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now,” Rodgers said. “So, before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket, I think I would like to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies that are out there about myself.”
Rodgers said the media was on a “witch hunt” to find out which players were vaccinated and blamed reporters for him saying he was “immunized” back in August.
Quarterback Jordan Love, the Packers’ first-round pick in 2020, will make his first career start in the regular season.
The 37-year-old Rodgers said if any reporter would have asked a follow-up question, he would have explained he’s “not an anti-vax flat earther,” but that he’s a “critical thinker.”
Rodgers added he has been following the strict NFL protocols for unvaccinated players to a “T.” Rodgers described the daily testing he is subjected to every day, even on off days, and believes the rules are in place to shame unvaccinated people. Rodgers says he has been tested over 300 times before testing positive this week.
Rodgers said he experienced some mild symptoms for roughly 48 hours but currently “feels really good” He wasn’t certain when he would return to the field or what protocols were in place for him now that he tested positive for COVID-19.
QUARTERBACK TOOK ADVICE FROM JOE ROGAN
Rodgers said he consulted with podcast host Joe Rogan and took his advice on how he treated his own COVID-19 infection.
“I consulted with a now good friend of mine Joe Rogan, after he got COVID, and I’ve a lot of the stuff he recommended in his podcast and on the phone to me,” Rodgers said.
“I’m going to have the best immunity possible now based on the 2.5-million-person study from Israel that the people that get COVID and recover, have the most robust immunity. I’m thankful for people like Joe stepping up and using his voice. I’m thankful for my medical squad and I’m thankful for all the love and support I’ve gotten but I’ve been taking monoclonal antibodies, Ivermectin, zinc, vitamin C and DHCQ and I feel pretty incredible.”
The CDC noted the Israeli study looked at people who had been vaccinated six months before or longer. “Understanding infection-induced and vaccine-induced immunity over time is important, particularly for future studies to consider,” they wrote.
“In this study, the benefit of vaccination compared with infection without vaccination appeared to be higher for recipients of Moderna than Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is consistent with a recent study that found higher vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 hospitalizations for Moderna vaccine recipients than for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients,” they added.
Rodgers said he did not get vaccinated because he has an allergy to an ingredient in the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and was scared about the possible side effects from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. He said the decision to seek alternative treatments was “what was best for my body.”
Rodgers said the NFL knew he was unvaccinated, and he had multiple conversations with NFL doctors including one where a doctor told him, “it is impossible for vaccinated person to get COVID or spread COVID.”
Rodgers said he had previously tried to “petition” the league that his homeopathic treatment of increasing his antibodies should be considered as an alternative to getting fully vaccinated via Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Rodgers continued, “at that point I knew I was definitely not going to win the appeal.”
CNN has asked the NFL about this claim and whether the league has a comment.
VACCINES BETTER THAN PREVIOUS INFECTIONS, CDC SAYS
Rodgers said, “The vaccines do offer some protection for sure but there is a lot we don’t know about them. … There is a lot to natural immunity. … If you have gotten COVID and recovered from it, that’s the best boost to immunity you can have.”
Rodgers is not incorrect in thinking people who have recovered from COVID-19 have some immunity — but it’s not nearly as much immunity as vaccinated people have. A team of researchers led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in October that vaccination protects people against coronavirus infection much better than previous infection does.
Their study found people who had not been vaccinated and who ended up in the hospital were five times more likely to have COVID-19 than people who had been vaccinated within the past three to six months.
“All eligible persons should be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible, including unvaccinated persons previously infected with SARS-CoV-2,” the researchers wrote in the CDC’s weekly report, the MMWR.
In August, Rodgers was asked whether he had received the COVID-19 vaccine. Rodgers said he had been “immunized.”
“There’s a lot of conversation around it, around the league, and a lot of guys who have made statements and not made statements,” Rodgers said. “Owners have made statements. There’s guys on the team that haven’t been vaccinated. I think it’s personal decision. I’m not going to judge those guys. There’s guys that have been vaccinated and contracted COVID. So it’s an interesting issue.”
The NFL said it is reviewing the situation. A league spokesperson told CNN in a statement, “The primary responsibility for enforcement of the Covid Protocols within Club facilities rests with each Club.
“Failure to properly enforce the protocols has resulted in discipline being assessed against individual Clubs in the past. The league is aware of the current situation in Green Bay and will be reviewing with the Packers.”
Vaccinated players who test positive and remain asymptomatic are eligible to return after testing negative twice in a 24-hour span. Unvaccinated players are required to quarantine for 10 days and then test negative to return.
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Over the past two weeks the community has been flooded…with media.
Princeton quickly became a focus for journalists across Canada and around the globe, following the devastating events that started Sunday, Nov. 14, when the Tulameen River breached its banks.
Last Thursday, correspondents working for The New York Times were trekking through muck on Fenchurch Avenue, interviewing residents who were starting the process of cleaning out their homes.
“In the town of Princeton, which was uncomfortably close to this summer’s wildfires and was hit by record heat, bands of volunteers of all ages were roving the streets and helping out,” wrote Ian Austen. “There are a lot of tears in Princeton and other communities right now, but they’re not all from grief over what’s lost. When flood victims described the kindness of those volunteers to me, some broke out in tears of gratitude.”
The U.K. based Guardian also reached out to area homeowners.
Ed Staples, from Coalmont, was interviewed.
“After a summer of staying indoors to shield his lungs from thick smoke, Staples said he’s sad to see the loss in his community so soon after the fires,” The Guardian wrote. ‘It’s heartbreaking, I get choked up thinking about it,’ said Staples. ‘These are real people who have lost everything and it’ll take months or years to get their lives in order.’”
Princeton Mayor Spencer Coyne has fielded hundreds of requests for interviews, and granted many.
“I’ve done so many interviews,” he told the Spotlight, “I don’t know who all I’ve interviewed with. It’s kind of been a blur to be honest…I was doing, by lunch time, about eight interviews a day at one point.”
Coyne said this has given him the opportunity to keep Princeton’s needs top-of-mind for government officials, who hold the purse strings for emergency aid. “If I’m not out there, Abbotsford is going to be the story…It’s getting us the attention we need.”
Coyne appeared live on the CBC’s The National, and on the television program Power and Politics. He’s spoken frequently with regional affiliates of all the major networks.
While he doesn’t particularly relish the limelight, Coyne is uniquely qualified to take on the press. “At one time I was a small town reporter. I worked for Black Press, I worked for (The Similkameen News Leader.)”
Recently a journalist writing for the Globe and Mail followed the mayor for an entire day, as he made the rounds of the community.
“Shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Mr. Coyne jumped in his yellow Nissan Xterra and began driving around town, checking on crew progress and speaking to residents about their needs. His cellphone rang constantly. He made a stop at the one-runway airport where the small lounge was crammed with people bringing in dogs and cats in animal carriers,” wrote Anthony Davis.
There’s been absurdity, attached to some of Coyne’s experiences.
“One interview, I won’t say what network and what show, they began telling me what I should be wearing in the interview and what the backdrop should be…like a bookshelf.”
Coyne eventually gave that interview, via his phone, wearing a high-visibility vest, while inside the Princeton fire hall.
During an interview with the BBC, he was asked about local temperatures. When the mayor reported the temperature was hovering at about minus 3 degrees Celsius, he was asked, “And why is that?”
After requesting the question be repeated, Coyne responded, “Well, it’s November. This is when we start to turn into winter.”
Coyne said he often prefers to communicate with local media.
“Local media has been invaluable, absolutely invaluable,” he stated. “I really appreciate the efforts of the Spotlight in order to keep accurate information going out.”
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Local peer outreach team continuing without Northern Health, claims health authority lied to media – Energeticcity.ca
A public outcry took place once it was announced funding was being cut. Schultz believes NH’s statement was an attempt to save face.
“Northern Health is committed to harm reduction and overdose prevention in Fort St. John, and working to improve existing services, and implement additional and expanded services. Peers play an important role in Overdose Prevention work, and Northern Health will work with peers to ensure this continues,” said Northern Health in a statement to local media.
The group was formed in April, providing harm reduction services and tackling the stigma surrounding drug addiction. In October, NH informed the team that they were restructuring the funding model.
There were 30 peers working for the outreach teams that were fired, and more than 20 with lived experience were employed by the group, said Schultz.
The peers helped offer food, hygiene kits, first aid, naloxone kits, harm reduction supplies, info on detox and treatment, and warm clothing for those in need. Afterwards, they were paid a cash honorarium, which is what NH has cut.
Schultz and another leader, Neil Bramsleven, were in contact with the health authority to work on the community mobile harm reduction program. Schultz describes the program as a mobile safe injection site.
They were the only ones contacted to continue working for the health authority due to meeting specific criteria, including being clean from drugs and alcohol, said Schultz.
“NH Leadership is in contact and discussion with the peer outreach team leaders to continue peer outreach services in Fort St. John,” said Northern Health in a statement.
Schultz has pulled her application for the mobile program following the release of NH’s statement.
“There are no outreach programs right now, and they have no plans of getting outreach programs.”
Schultz showed Energeticcity an email with an NH worker, which confirms there are no outreach programs in the city.
“They did admit that it was untrue about peer outreach continuing. They said they don’t talk with the person who deals with the media.”
Peers were previously paid by NH to go on patrol, but Schultz says they will now run on a voluntary basis.
“We will accept donations from the community, and we will get harm reduction from mental health.”
At this point, Schultz says the team doesn’t want anything to do with the health authority.
“Peers are real. Peers are honest. We have one passion, and that’s to help people. We’re not even going to work with Northern Health anymore. We will volunteer our time.”
Anyone looking to donate to the team can contact Schultz at 250-329-8374.
Eryn Collins, Regional Manager, Public Affairs & Media Relations with NH, says the health authority is aware of the pushback and is working to get clarity on concerns being raised.
With files from Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News
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