OPINION: Celebrities are hurting COVID-19 vaccination rates


Jared Sindt

Popular podcaster Joe Rogan is accused of spreading anti-vaccine misinformation to his audience. Photo courtesy of Yahoo News.

With over 50% of the American population fully vaccinated, the U.S. is starting to work its way out of the pandemic. Unfortunately, some celebrities prefer to use their influence to keep us in it.

Although many celebrities are using their influence to push for the vaccines, other celebrities have been seen to hurt the vaccine’s process. Most recently, Joe Rogan has shown his disapproval of the vaccine.

Rogan was diagnosed with COVID-19 and decided to take deworming medicine ivermectin, among other unproven treatments, to lessen his symptoms.

Rogan received criticism for this and immediately defended himself, claiming his medicine was prescribed by doctors who won the Nobel prize in 2015.

The handling of his diagnosis seems to directly contradict what Rogan has said in the past about the vaccine, even claiming he’s not an anti-vax person. The logic behind his stance and other celebrities is that young people don’t require the vaccine.

This statement does have merit, as young people are very unlikely to be hospitalized. However, why would Rogan choose to take drugs more dangerous than the vaccine to deal with his symptoms if he wasn’t against the vaccine?

I fully believe that people have the right to handle themselves how they want, and although I personally am vaccinated and believe everyone else should be, I would never push someone too hard to get one.

The problem with these celebrities is that they are going past handling their treatment themselves, and instead are pushing it onto their audiences.

Rogan going out of his way to use unconventional medicine to handle his symptoms tells his audience that he would rather do this than take the vaccine.

Misinformation about the vaccine and people having irrational fears of getting it are high enough without influencers validating their fears.

The vaccine has been proven time and time again to work, and just like you need to be vaccinated for hepatitis to attend high school, you should be vaccinated for COVID if you want to do anything in large groups out of the house.