British Columbia has a proof of vaccination requirement in many of its venues, including Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, where Rogan’s sold out show was scheduled to be held. Canada is also currently requiring proof of vaccination for international visitors. Since the former ‘Fear Factor’ host doesn’t agree with the vaccine, he decided to not go through with the performance.
In a notorious Instagram post, the comic described the cocktail of treatments he received to fight off the virus. However, the CDA and FDA are currently advising people against taking either drug for the sole purpose of treating COVID.
Since he tested positive for the virus three months ago, Rogan also believes that his antibodies should be enough to allow him entry into Canada, in spite of his current vaccination status. “I have antibodies. It doesn’t make any sense. I don’t think I can go, and even if I do go, I don’t trust that Vancouver is not going to follow suit along with what Toronto did, where they cut capacity to 50 per cent,” he added on ‘The Joe Rogan Experience on Spotify.’
Besides his anti-vaccination stance, the longtime UFC commentator also attracted criticism in April when he told his podcast listeners that young people shouldn’t get vaccinated. “I’ve said, ‘I think for the most part it’s safe to get vaccinated. I do. I do,'” he said. “But if you’re like 21-years-old, and you say to me, ‘Should I get vaccinated?’ I’ll go no.”