Prince Harry slammed Joe Rogan over his vaccine comments: 'Stay out of it'

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Prince Harry slammed Joe Rogan over his vaccine comments: 'Stay out of it'
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Prince Harry at an event in Amsterdam on September 3, 2019. KOEN VAN WEEL/AFP via Getty Images
  • Prince Harry slammed Joe Rogan over his vaccine comments.

  • Rogan previously said he didn't think young, healthy people needed to get COVID-19 vaccines.

  • During a recent interview, Prince Harry told Rogan to "stay out of it."

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Prince Harry has warned the popular podcast host Joe Rogan to be "careful about what comes out of your mouth" after Rogan said he didn't think young people needed to get COVID-19 vaccines.

Rogan, who is also a UFC commentator, has faced widespread criticism for the comments he made on his podcast, "The Joe Rogan Experience." During an episode, he said: "If you're like 21 years old, and you say to me, 'Should I get vaccinated?' I'll go no. 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."

When asked about Rogan's comments on a recent appearance on the "Armchair Expert" podcast, Prince Harry said: "The issue is in today's world with misinformation endemic, you've got to be careful about what comes out of your mouth. Because news doesn't exist in just news anymore. It's splattered all over the place, so people like to listen to Joe Rogan and say, 'Oh, if he says that.'"

Rogan later walked back his comments in a recent episode of his podcast. "I am not a doctor," he said. "I am a f---ing moron. I am a cage-fighting commentator."

He added: "I am not a respected source of information even for me. But I at least try to be honest about what I am saying."

He went on to say that he believed the vaccines were safe that he "encouraged many people to take them."

"My parents were vaccinated," he continued. "I just said, 'I don't think that if you're a young, healthy person, that you need it.'"

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Harry in Los Angeles at the recent concert Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Prince Harry appeared to address those comments as well, saying: "There's a sort of like, 'Don't listen to me.' It's like, well, don't say that. Just stay out of it. With a platform comes responsibility."

Earlier this month, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle served as cochairs for a benefit concert for COVID-19 vaccines that was held in Los Angeles. At the event, Prince Harry spoke about the importance of widespread vaccine distribution.

"We're also coming together because this pandemic cannot end unless we act collectively with an unprecedented commitment to our shared humanity," he said. "The vaccine must be distributed to everyone everywhere. We cannot rest or truly recover until there is a fair distribution to every corner of the world."

He continued: "The mission in front of us is one we cannot afford to fail out and that's what tonight is about. The virus does not respect borders and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography. It must be accepted as a basic right for all and that is our starting point."

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