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Joe Rogan is facing a backlash after he advised healthy young people against getting the Covid-19 vaccine. Watch here:
Spotify's Joe Rogan encourages "healthy" young people not to get a coronavirus vaccine. His show is Spotify's most popular podcast.- Alex Paterson (@AlexPattyy) April 27, 2021
"If you're like 21 years old, and you say to me, should I get vaccinated? I'll go no." pic.twitter.com/5dX98xUaHS
Speaking on an episode of his hugely popular podcast The Joe Rogan Experience released on Spotify on Friday (23 April), the 53-year-old discouraged young people from getting vaccinated.
He said: "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: "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."
Rogan then pointed to anecdotal evidence of his own children's mild experiences with Covid-19 to support his point.
However, while Covid-19 has a more severe impact on older people, data shows that the risk of severe illness, long Covid and death among younger people far outweighs any health risks presented by the vaccines. What's more, the more people who are vaccinated, the safer the population as a whole.
A Public Health England study has shown that people who have had a single dose of either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines can cut transmission by up to a half.
Dr Alan Stout, chairman of Northern Ireland's GP committee, explained to the BBC: "It is just so vital that we get everybody vaccinated.
"If we have as many people vaccinated as possible, the protection for the whole population is huge, it also stops the virus circulating which stops it then replicating, which massively, massively reduces our risk of the variants - which is what we fear most."
Given this, the criticism Rogan has faced on social media seems justified:
I once heard Joe Rogan described as a "stupid person's idea of a smart person," and it can't be said any better than that. https://t.co/R4HtV4pJ1E- Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) April 27, 2021
wasn't joe rogan's whole shtick before just like "im a dumb guy"? also he used to encourage people to eat goat testicles and cockroaches on tv, maybe dont do what he says, https://t.co/V76Dcfb5yq- raina douris (@RahRahRaina) April 27, 2021
did some research and found out that joe rogan is in fact not a doctor https://t.co/T5wTUg83IP- peter (@kulipeter) April 27, 2021
Joe Rogan is not the smart person that your sexually frustrated teenage son thinks he is https://t.co/7UqI8x06Cj- Cam (@cameron_kasky) April 27, 2021
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