Joe Rogan’s sold out Vancouver show, scheduled for April 20, has been canceled after the podcast host said he likely would be unable to enter Canada from the U.S., where he lives, because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19.
In a Dec. 24 episode of his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Rogan told his guest, comedian Tim Dillon, that Rogan’s springtime show in Vancouver was likely to be canceled because of COVID-19 restrictions in British Columbia. The Canadian territory requires proof of vaccination to gain entry into some indoor businesses and event spaces, including Rogers Arena, where Rogan’s show was set to take place.
“I should probably say this because I haven’t yet. My 4/20 show that’s sold out in Vancouver — I don’t think that’s happening,” Rogan said. “I don’t think I can even get into the country. I’m not vaccinated. I’m not gonna get vaccinated. I have antibodies, it doesn’t make any sense.”
Rogan announced in an Instagram post in early September that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19 after running a high fever and said he had been taking a mix of medications, including monoclonal antibody treatments, Z-Pak, the anti-inflammatory drug prednisone and the antiparasitic ivermectin, which the FDA has said is not recommended for treating COVID-19.
Rogan said he also received a NAD drip and a vitamin drip.
“We immediately threw the kitchen sink at it,” he said at the time.
Since his diagnosis, Rogan has doubled down on his refusal to get the vaccine because of his natural immunity.
In a recent interview with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta, Rogan questioned why those who have previously had COVID-19 should still be vaccinated.
Natural immunity varies based on the age of the individual and the seriousness of their illness, Gupta said, citing a study published over the summer which found neutralizing antibodies were not detected in up to 40 percent of recovered COVID-19 patients.
Another study, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that unvaccinated individuals who had already received a COVID-19 diagnosis were more than twice as likely to get reinfected compared to those who had been vaccinated.
Additionally, available antibody tests have high rates of both false negative and false positive results, making them unreliable in proving actual immunity, according to the CDC.
Ticketmaster Wednesday on its website confirmed that Rogan’s Vancouver show had been canceled and ticket holders would receive a refund.
According to Rogan’s Facebook page, the event has been rescheduled for Oct. 24.
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