John Oliver Rips Into ‘Moron’ Joe Rogan Over COVID Vaccines


As the COVID-19 numbers reach horrifying new heights in India, with a world record of over 400,000 new cases in a single day, it’s more and more important to get vaccinated and help stop the spread. And yet, even though there is plenty of vaccine supply available in the U.S., many Americans are refusing to get the COVID vaccine. Yes, there have been numerous reports of Americans turning down either the first or second dose of the vaccine.

“Our best way out of this mess long term is clearly vaccines,” argued John Oliver. “These vaccines can save not just your life but the lives of people around you, and it’s genuinely dispiriting that just a few months into the vaccine rollout we are already at this point. And the problem is, for the coronavirus, the herd immunity threshold is thought to be between 70 and 90 percent of the population, but a survey found that while 60 percent of American adults have got—or want to get—the vaccine, and about 18 percent say ‘maybe,’ and 22 percent say ‘no.’”

Unfortunately, there’s been a great deal of false information spread about the vaccines, which have killed exactly zero people to date, including by the popular libertarian podcaster Joe Rogan. So Oliver dedicated nearly his entire Last Week Tonight show on Sunday to combating the misinformation.

“If you’re thinking, Yeah, I’m not sure I’ll need it. Joe Rogan says I’m probably fine. It is true: You might not get seriously sick from COVID—or indeed sick at all—but you could still inadvertently pass it to someone who could then die,” said Oliver. “And before you say, ‘Well, vulnerable people should just get vaccinated then,’ the vaccines are only 95 percent effective… so they’ll probably be OK, but maybe not. Also, the more the virus circulates, the likelier we’ll see mutations that make it more dangerous, possibly helping it to evade the vaccine completely, putting us all the way back to square one, so get the fucking vaccine!”

Oliver then addressed “the disturbing amount of vaccine hesitancy right now,” including the fact that 30 percent of Republicans have said they won’t get it—thanks in part to folks like Rogan and Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, who asked, “If vaccines work, why are vaccinated people banned from living normal lives?… So maybe it doesn’t work, and they’re simply not telling you that?”

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