It was earlier in the season that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed a game after contracting COVID-19.
Initially, it was believed that the former NFL MVP had been vaccinated from the virus after he said during the preseason he had been “immunized.”
This story took on a whole new meaning when Rodgers confirmed that he had not yet received the vaccination.
Making an appearance in Kentucky to meet with those impacted by the recent tornadoes, President Joe Biden chimed in on the Aaron Rodgers vaccine debate when talking with a Packers fan.
“Tell that quarterback he’s gotta get the vaccine,” Biden was caught on camera telling a woman while visiting the Bluegass State, via TMZ Sports.
Biden is famous for his off-the-cuff remarks. At times, it got him in trouble as Barack Obama’s Vice President and during the 2020 election.
President Biden comments on Aaron Rodgers’ vaccine status
Some might question if this was the right platform to discuss something related to sports. After all, 71 people have died from the storms in Kentucky. It doesn’t seem to be in good taste.
Then again, Biden has been an outspoken advocate for Americans getting vaccinated. For the president, it’s all about a sense of patriotism and thinking more about the community than the individual.
As for Rodgers, the Packers were fined $300,000 by the NFL back in November for violations of the league’s COVID-19 policy stemming from his unvaccinated status. The star quarterback drew a ton of criticism from those who believed he lied about being vaccinated. In turn, Aaron Rodgers attempted to explain his stance.
“I’m not an anti-vaxx, flat-earther. I have an allergy to an ingredient that’s in the mRNA vaccines. I found a long term immunization protocol to protect myself & I’m very proud of the research that went into that,” Rodgers said back in November.
All of this is coming to the forefront with widespread outbreaks of COVID-19 impacting multiple NFL teams ahead of Week 15 acftion. That includes the Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns and Washington Football Team.