On the November 22 edition of his Spotify podcast, Joe Rogan falsely asserted that children do not need to get a COVID-19 vaccine, saying, “They’re trying to say that children need it when they don't. They don't need it.”
Rogan and his guest Tim Pool also fearmongered about rare instances of pharmacies incorrectly administering the wrong doses of COVID-19 vaccines to children, with Rogan suggesting, without evidence, that hundreds of kids were “fucked” and had “serious heart palpitations.” According to The Washington Post, a pharmacy “administered the shots to 112 children on Nov. 3 and 4, officials said, giving them vaccine formulas designed for older children or adults but in smaller amounts,” which is unauthorized. The Post also reported that “it’s unlikely a child would have been harmed by receiving too much of the vaccine, but it’s possible children were under-vaccinated if they received too little.” CNN reported on a separate case in which two kids received an adult dose of the vaccine instead of a flu vaccine and were being treated for elevated blood pressure and heartbeat.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 5 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccine. As the agency noted:
There are approximately 28 million children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old in the United States, and there have been nearly 2 million cases of COVID-19 within this age group during the pandemic. COVID-19 can make children very sick and cause children to be hospitalized. In some situations, the complications from infection can lead to death.
Children are as likely to be infected with COVID-19 as adults and can
- Get very sick from COVID-19
- Have both short and long-term health complications from COVID-19
- Spread COVID-19 to others, including at home and school
As of mid-October 2021, children ages 5 through 11 years have experienced more than 8,300 COVID-19 related hospitalizations and nearly 100 deaths from COVID-19. In fact, COVID-19 ranks as one of the top 10 causes of death for children aged 5 through 11 years.