Fallout after Joe Rogan advises young, healthy people against COVID vaccine

Podcast host Joe Rogan advised young, healthy people against getting the COVID-19 vaccine on “The Joe Rogan Experience” episode that aired on April 23rd. Dr. Anthony Fauci and the White House excoriated him for it.

Rogan’s show was the most listened-to podcast in 2020. He has a huge audience and his personal opinion has the potential to sway many of his listeners. Spotify has been removing some of his podcasts.

While speaking during the Spotify podcast, Rogan stated that he firmly believes that vulnerable individuals should get vaccinated. His parents were inoculated and he stated that he thinks the vaccine is safe.

But when it comes to healthy individuals under the age of 21, Rogan doesn’t believe the vaccine is necessary.

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“But if you’re like 21 years old, and you say to me, should I get vaccinated? I’ll go no,” he remarked to comedian and guest Dave Smith. “Are you healthy? Are you a healthy person? Like, look, don’t do anything stupid, but you should take care of yourself. You should — if you’re a healthy person, and you’re exercising all the time, and you’re young, and you’re eating well, like, I don’t think you need to worry about this.”

Smith was in full agreement with the host on the subject. Rogan stated that his children had contracted the virus and had shown very light symptoms. He said it was no worse than a cold.

“Look, my daughter is a lot younger than your kids, but I’m like, yeah, I’m not injecting my daughter with something to f*cking virtue signal. Like, I’m not doing that. If there’s something that she’s of no risk, statistically has no risk from, I’m sorry,” Smith commented. “I’m not taking any experiment on her. And that’s my attitude toward it.”

Rogan contended that it was “amazing” that not vaccinating those under 21 years old would be considered “controversial.”

“That even saying that I’m not going to inject my child with the vaccine, is controversial. It’s crazy. Because again, we are not talking about even the flu that we just found out killed 22,000 people last year,” he noted. “We’re not talking about that. We’re talking about something that is not statistically dangerous for children. But yet people still want you to get your child vaccinated, which is crazy to me.”

Rogan claimed that parents are urging their children to get the vaccine. Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is only available to those 16 and older. The Moderna vaccine requires you to be at least 18. Vaccination trials, however, have begun on infants, children, and teenagers.

White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield slammed Rogan for giving what she termed “medical advice.” “I guess my first question would be, did Joe Rogan become a medical doctor while we weren’t looking? I’m not sure that taking scientific and medical advice from Joe Rogan is perhaps the most productive way for people to get their information,” Bedingfield snarked on CNN’s “New Day.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci also stated that Rogan’s comments were “incorrect” during an appearance on NBC’s “Today” Wednesday morning: “You’re talking about yourself in a vacuum,” Fauci stated knocking Rogan’s comments. “You’re worried about yourself getting infected and the likelihood that you’re not going to get any symptoms. But you can get infected and will get infected if you put yourself at risk, and even if you don’t have any symptoms, you are propagating the outbreak.”

Rogan’s comments went viral on Twitter and found a lot of agreement:

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