JOE Rogan is facing backlash for his comments about the coronavirus vaccine.
The Joe Rogan podcast is Spotify’s most popular podcast after the streaming service inked a $100million deal with him in 2020.
What did Joe Rogan say about the Covid-19 vaccine?
Rogan is an American comedian, podcast host, and mixed martial arts commentator.
Rogan has been blasted for telling millions of fans young people should not get the Covid jab because they are “fit and healthy.”
The 53-year-old $100m Spotify podcast star’s comments came as President Joe Biden pleaded with youngsters to “go get vaccinated now.”
Speaking on The Joe Rogan Experience, the podcaster said he recommended “vulnerable” people get the shot, adding his parents have had theirs and agreeing it was safe.
Joe Rogan heads The Joe Rogan Experience on SpotifyCredit: YouTube
But 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.”
Rogan’s comments fly in the face of guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that say vaccinations are safe for everyone over 16.
Joe Rogan has a $100million podcast deal on SpotiftyCredit: Getty
What did people say on social media about his comments?
Social media erupted over Rogan’s comments and fans took to Twitter to express their concern over his remarks.
One said: “My feeling is that, no matter what your age, you should not take medical advice from Joe Rogan.”
Another said: “Healthy 20-year-old just died of Covid where I live today. A 13-year-old yesterday.
“Incredibly irresponsible of you to encourage young people not to be vaccinated. It protects them, their loved ones and helps control the spread of covid.”
Meanwhile, another said: “I spent five days in hospital and am still on supplemental oxygen because of COVID. I may have permanent lung scarring … They need to fire Joe Rogan immediately.’
Podcaster Brandon Farmahini, tweeted that Rogan’s take was “very cringy”.
He said: “Young healthy people should get vaccinated because they can easily contract Covid, spread it, and potentially serve as a vessel for the virus to mutate to be deadlier and resistant to existing vaccines.”
How many people have received the vaccine in America?
More than half of American adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The nation has administered 230 million jabs so far which President Biden has used the new advice as an incentive to all Americans over the age of 16 to get jabbed.
A young man receives his first Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine administered by a Medical AssistantCredit: AFP
The president urged younger people who might not think they need the vaccine to “go get vaccinated now” so they could “do more things.”
Mild Covid vaccine side-effects that make you feel unwell only affect one in four people, a study has found.
Even when someone suffers from temporary symptoms such as fatigue and nausea it is a sign the jab is doing its job, experts say.