Story at a glance

  • Joe Rogan said young people don’t need to worry about getting vaccinated during his podcast on Friday.
  • Experts such as Anthony Fauci pushed back on Rogan’s statements.
  • Rogan walked back his statements on Thursday and clarified that he is not against vaccines.

Joe Rogan has walked back his comment stating young people don’t need to get the coronavirus vaccine following pushback from experts such as Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“I’m not a doctor, I’m a f---ing moron,” Rogan said on Thursday. “I’m not a respected source of information, even for me. … But I at least try to be honest about what I’m saying.”


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The backlash came following Rogan’s Friday episode of his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” during which he said, “If you’re like 21 years old, and you say to me, ‘Should I get vaccinated?’ I’ll go no.”

“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 said.

Following his statements, Fauci appeared on the “Today” show on Wednesday and said that people who don’t get vaccinated, even if low-risk of severe complications from the coronavirus, "are propagating the outbreak" since they still can spread the virus to other people.

“You’re talking about yourself in a vacuum,” Fauci said. “If you want to only worry about yourself and not society, then that’s OK. But you’re saying to yourself, ‘Even if I get infected, I could do damage to somebody else even if I have no symptoms at all,’ and that’s the reason why you’ve got to be careful and get vaccinated.”

Speaking on Thursday, Rogan clarified his original comments, saying he isn’t against vaccinations and he doesn’t believe they are dangerous.

“I’m not an anti-vaxx person. I said I believe they’re safe and I encourage many people to take them,” he said. “My parents were vaccinated. I just said that if you’re a young, healthy person that you don’t need it.”

Rogan also stated that he is scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine before it was paused earlier this month to investigate possible side effects.

Rogan’s podcast receives more than 190 million downloads each month.


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Published on Apr 30, 2021