UPDATE (4/29/2021, 7:23 p.m. ET): Joe Rogan wanted people to know that he’s “not an anti-vax person,” despite saying that young healthy people don’t need the COVID-19 vaccine. “I’m not a doctor, I’m a f–k-ing moron. I’m not a respected source of information, even for me…But I at least try to be honest about what I’m saying,” Joe said on the April 29 episode of his podcast, two days after facing backlash for his vaccine comments.
“I’m not an anti-vax person. In fact I said, I believe they’re safe and encourage many people to take them,” Joe continued. “My parents got vaccinated. I just said, ‘I don’t think that if you’re a young healthy person, you need it.’ Their argument was, ‘You need it for other people’…but that’s a different argument.”
ORIGINAL: For “the most part,” Joe Rogan thinks it’s “safe to get vaccinated” — but not necessary if you’re a healthy young person. “If you’re like 21 years old and you’re like, ‘Should I get vaccinated?’ I go, ‘No. Are you healthy? Are you a healthy person?’,” Joe said in a clip from the April 23 episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, which began to go viral four days later on Twitter. As expected, people are upset, especially since the COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. has surpassed 573,000 as of April 27. Meanwhile, more than three million people have died worldwide after contracting the virus, while “hospitalizations of young adults are up about 40% since early March,” according to NPR.
Spotify’s Joe Rogan encourages "healthy" young people not to get a coronavirus vaccine. His show is Spotify's most popular podcast.
“If you're like 21 years old, and you say to me, should I get vaccinated? I'll go no.” pic.twitter.com/5dX98xUaHS
— Alex Paterson (@AlexPattyy) April 27, 2021
“Look, don’t do anything stupid, but you should take care of yourself,” Joe continued to say on the controversial podcast episode. He added, “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.”
dudes will be like "do your own research before trusting these vaccines" and the whole time they were just waiting for joe rogan to tell them what to do
— Moh (@LessIsMoh) April 27, 2021
This led Joe to his next topic: children getting vaccinated, something he was opposed to. “But there’s a lot of jobs that will tell you, you need to have this…people are worried about them doing it for their children,” the media personality said. Joe had strong feelings about kids being vaccinated, since his own children survived COVID-19.
If you're a young person, get your advice on vaccinations from the CDC and NOT from Joe Rogan.
Thanks for coming to my TED talk.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) April 27, 2021
“I can tell you as someone who’s both my children got the virus, it was nothing,” Joe said confidently. “I hate to say that — if someone’s children died from this, I’m very sorry this happened. I’m not in any way diminishing that. But I’m saying the personal experience that my children had with COVID was nothing. One of the kids had a headache, the other one didn’t feel good for a couple of days…it was very mild. It was akin to them getting a cold.”
“We are not talking about even the flu, that we just found out killed 22,000 people last year,” Joe continued. As he wrapped up his argument, the podcast host said, “We’re talking about something that is not statistically dangerous for children, yet people still want your children to get vaccinated, which is crazy to me.”
yo, fuck joe rogan. it's so deeply irresponsible to tell young folks not to get vaccinated on the BIGGEST podcast in the world. everyone should get vaccinated as soon as they can, for themselves and for everyone else.
both shots. don't be an idiot.
— Zachary Ryan (@ZachariusD) April 27, 2021
While Joe’s kids may have had a “mild” experience with COVID-19, “some children can get severely ill from COVID-19” and “might require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe” and “in rare cases, they might die,” according to the CDC. The CDC even reported that “babies under 1 year old might be more likely to have severe illness from COVID-19.” There have been many reports that attested to younger people’s difficult (and sometimes fatal) experiences with COVID-19, especially with the spread of the B.1.1.7. variant of COVID-19.
I spent 5 days in the hospital and am still on supplemental oxygen because of COVID. I may have permanent lung scarring.@Spotify is trying to kill people with dangerous disinformation. They need to fire Joe Rogan immediately.
— Aaron Weiss (@aweiss) April 27, 2021
If you are fully vaccinated against #COVID19, you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, get a vaccine as soon as you can. See full details: https://t.co/s5kXwg65fB pic.twitter.com/fvhehUiiCi
— CDC (@CDCgov) April 27, 2021
There are also long-term effects to think of, too: it’s not just a matter of surviving COVID-19. “I cannot tell you how many people I’ve taken care of in the ER who are in their 20s, 30s and 40s, who are never sick enough to end up in the ER with Covid, but who now have long-lasting respiratory difficulties,” emergency physician Dr. Megan Ranney, who is the director of the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health, also told CNN.
Take for instance Jayson Tatum, the Boston Celtics star who many Twitter users brought up amid the backlash over Joe’s podcast. At only 23 years old, the basketball star now needs to use an inhaler before games after battling the virus, which he revealed to reporters on April 13, per SB Nation. Other post-COVID problems that have been reported include heart issues, kidney damage, mental health problems, diabetes and more, according to an article on John Hopkins Medicine put together by medical experts and specialists.