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The Most Popular Podcaster on the Planet Has Thoughts About the COVID-19 Vaccine

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | April 28, 2021 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | April 28, 2021 |


Joe Rogan — who is not a doctor — decided to open his flaps this week and offer his opinion as an expert on vaccines, an expertise he apparently gained from hosting Fear Factor and watching people puke after eating bugs. Rogan, who looks like a thumb on steroids, basically discouraged those under 21 from getting vaccinated:

“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,” Rogan said on his Spotify podcast. “But if you’re like 21 years old, and you say to me, should I get vaccinated? I’ll go no. Are you healthy? Are you a healthy person? 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.”

Cool. Thanks, Joe! I guess I just won’t get my kids vaccinated now because, like, Joe Rogan’s kids’ experience with COVID “was nothing.” And look: I don’t want to be one of those annoyingly hyper-vigilant “mentally unstable” people that Tucker Carlson yaps about because Rogan is right about one thing. Coronavirus infections are not a big deal to most kids. Less than 100 kids have died from COVID in 2021 (while only one kid has died of the flu, thanks to mask-wearing)!

But these vaccines are safe — very safe. Over 240 million doses have been administered, and there’s been only one death, from a blood clot, which may or may not have been attributable to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The odds of dying from a vaccination — even the J&J vaccination — are less than the odds of being killed by a cow. Literally. How many kids do you know who have been killed by a cow?

On the other hand, we need at least 70 percent of the population to be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity. The population includes kids, so they also need to be vaccinated for the same reason that they needed to be vaccinated for polio, rubella, and measles, so that it dies out and the rest of us don’t get a f**ked up zombie variant that eats our jowls.

Also, though deaths are rare, hospitalizations are mounting among young kids. Plus, even if kids don’t get it, they can spread it to older jackasses who don’t get the vaccine because Joe Rogan said that COVID isn’t a big deal.

In other news, Spotify released its Q1 earnings yesterday and reported higher-than-expected earnings, attributed largely to the better-than-expected performance of The Joe Rogan Experience. Spotify now has 356 million users globally, so at least Rogan’s platform isn’t very big. F—k me.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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