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Joe Rogan, the host of one of the most popular podcasts in the world, is facing criticism after claiming that healthy young people shouldn’t “worry about” getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Joe Rogan Experience host made his comments encouraging young listeners not to get a COVID-19 vaccine if they’re “healthy” during a recent episode of his show, as Media Matters for America reported.

“If you’re like 21 years old and you say to me, ‘Should I get vaccinated,’ I go, ‘No,'” Rogan said. “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, I don’t think you need to worry about this.”

Health experts, in fact, have been urging adults of all ages to get vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of whether they’re in a high-risk group so that the United States can achieve herd immunity and end the pandemic. The CDC has noted that data suggests fully vaccinated people largely “do not carry the virus,” meaning those at lower risk would be helping protect others from COVID-19 by getting a vaccine.

With that in mind, Rogan drew heavy criticism for his comments, with some directing their anger at Spotify, where his show is an exclusive. In 2020, The Joe Rogan Experience was the service’s most popular podcast. These weren’t Rogan’s first comments about the pandemic to stir up controversy, though, as he previously said that wearing masks “is for bitches.” Rogan’s guest at the time, comedian Bill Burr, pushed back.

“I’m not gonna sit here with no medical degree listening to you with no medical degree, with an American flag behind you smoking a cigar, acting like we know what’s up better than the CDC,” Burr shot back. Brendan Morrow

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