Podcast host and popular comedian Joe Rogan recently said he believes healthy young people don’t “have to worry” about getting a Covid shot.
But Dr Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser and the nation’s top infectious disease expert, says the advice is “incorrect”. Healthy young people should ‘absolutely’ get vaccinated, Fauci said in an interview with NBC News’ TODAY Wednesday.
On a podcast episode “The Joe Rogan Experience” published on April 23, Rogan said he supports the vaccination of vulnerable people. “But if you’re 21 and you tell me, should I get vaccinated? I’ll no,” Rogan told comedian Dave Smith on the podcast.
“If you’re a healthy person, exercise all the time, are young, and eat well, for example, I don’t think you have to worry about that,” Rogan said. , referring to getting vaccinated against Covid.
Healthy young adults don’t exist in a vacuum, Fauci told TODAY’S Savannah Guthrie when asked about Rogan’s comments. “You’re worried about getting infected and you’re worried about not having symptoms,” he said. “But you can and will be infected if you put yourself in danger.”
People who are not vaccinated are “spreading the epidemic” because they can “inadvertently and innocently” become infected and pass the virus on to someone else who may be at risk of serious Covid illness, Fauci said. . (There are also people who are vulnerable to Covid but are not medically able to get vaccinated due to health issues or things like allergic reactionsfor example.)
“So if you only want to care about yourself and not about society, then that’s fine,” Fauci said. “But if you’re thinking to yourself, even if I’m infected, I could harm someone else even though I don’t have any symptoms, and that’s why you have to be careful and get vaccinated. .”
President Joe Biden urged people who have not yet been vaccinated ‘especially if you are younger or think you don’t need it’ to get vaccinated, during a White House press briefing on the Covid response on Tuesday. The Centers for Disease Control announced on Tuesday that fully vaccinated people can exercise and hold small outdoor gatherings without masks.
“Yes, vaccines are meant to save your life, but also the lives of the people around you,” Biden said. “But they also aim to help us get back closer to normal.”
From Wednesday, the CDC reports that 43% of the American population has received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, and 29% of the population is fully vaccinated. Anyone aged 16 and over is now eligible to receive the Covid vaccine.
Rogan was the highest earning podcaster of 2020, earning $30 million according to Forbes. In May, Rogan has entered into a license agreement with Spotify would be worth more than $100 million, the the wall street journal reported. And Unilever announced on Monday that it acquired Onnita brand of dietary supplements in which Rogan is a majority shareholder.