Podcast titan Joe Rogan has come under attack from critics after saying that while he believes COVID-19 vaccines are safe “for the most part,” he does not believe healthy young people should get the jab.
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During a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” the host said, “I think you should get vaccinated if you’re vulnerable,” noting that his parents have both been vaccinated. “I’ve encouraged a lot of people to get — and people say, do you think it’s safe to get vaccinated? I’ve said, yeah, I think for the most part it’s safe to get vaccinated. I do. I do.”
“But if you’re like 21 years old, and you say to me, should I get vaccinated? I’ll go no,” he continued. “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.”
He went on to reveal that both his children contracted COVID-19, and “it was nothing.”
Rogan’s guest during the segment, comedian Dave Smith, told the host that he will not have his young daughter vaccinated for the coronavirus, saying it’s a virus she “statistically has no risk from.”
Smith added, “I’m sorry, I’m not taking any experiment on her. And that’s my attitude toward it.”
But it’s amazing that that’s 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. 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. Like you should be vaccinated if you are vulnerable. You should.
A snippet of Rogan’s comments began circulating on social media