Podcast heavyweight Joe Rogan questioned whether President Joe Biden was getting a real booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccine on live TV or if it was a publicity stunt, saying Biden could have been at risk of passing out or fainting as a result of a negative reaction to the shot.
“Do you think that was a real booster?” Rogan asked his guest host, former CIA officer Mike Baker, on Thursday.
“I hadn’t thought about it before,” Baker replied. “But you know what, when I saw it on TV, when I saw him get his shot, his mask on everything I could think of, this was performance art. So the next step in performance art would be that you don’t give him the booster, just give him a chance.’
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim that serious side effects from any of the three Covid-19 vaccines are extremely rare, with the most common immediate side effects being redness, swelling and pain at the injection site.
Podcast host Joe Rogan suggested on Thursday that Joe Biden’s televised Covid-19 booster shot was fake
Rogan’s guest, former CIA officer Mike Baker seemed to agree with the suggestion, saying that medical responders at vaccine sites ask those given a chance to wait a few minutes in case of a serious side effect.
Biden, 78, received his third dose of the Pfizer vaccine Monday after the FDA approved boosters of the injection for people over 65 in an effort to encourage others to do so. Boosters for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have yet to be approved.
“I know it doesn’t look like that, but I’m over 65, way over. And that’s why I’m getting my booster shot today,” the president said from a podium in the South Court Auditorium, before rolling up his sleeve.
Rogan, however, was skeptical.
“I think if they gave him a booster shot, the last thing they would do is give him that on live television,” he said. ‘What if he dies? What if he blacks out? What if he likes it and passes out? Like, because people have had really bad reactions for whatever reason, like in the moment.”
The CDC reports that among the test groups, 0.6 percent of people over the age of 18 experienced a severe reaction to one of the vaccines that required hospitalization.
Joe Biden, 78, televised as he received his third Covid-19 vaccine on Monday after FDA approval for boosters in over-65s
“I think they still tell you they’re giving you a chance and then they tell you to stay for 10 or 15 minutes. They want to make sure you don’t, you know, fall,” Baker said. “So I agree, because every other step with every president, they’re so careful, so careful with the messaging, the optics, the security issues associated with it.”
“It wouldn’t be unheard of, let’s put it this way,” he said.
Rogan has not characterized himself as being anti-vaccine, saying in April: ‘I am not an anti-vax person. I believe they are safe and encourage many people to take them.”
But he has told his audience that taking the anti-parasite drug Ivermectin helped in his recovery from the coronavirus, despite the CDC saying it’s unsafe if used incorrectly, and there’s no evidence it can cause Covid-19. to treat.
President joked he’s ‘much older’ than 65, making him eligible for a Pfizer booster
He has also suggested that teens should not get vaccinated, despite advice from top disease experts that younger people can at least continue the spread of the virus.
The conversation then shifted to Vice President Kamala Harris.
“Unless Kamala Harris persuades him,” Rogan said. “She’s like go, get it – take a double, give him a double. Fill it.’
“I don’t know, I don’t think she wants the job anymore,” Baker replied. ‘She seems very quiet. I’m not sure, maybe she left the country.’
During his remarks on Monday, Biden again shamed Americans who refused to be vaccinated, saying they made up about 23 percent of the eligible population.
“And that clear minority is causing an awful lot of damage to the rest of the country,” he said. “This is a pandemic of unvaccinated people,” he reiterated.
The president said he had no side effects when he received his first and second doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
“And I don’t expect one now,” he said over his booster, sitting and ready to receive his shot.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR COVID-19 BOOSTER SHOTS AND WHEN SHOULD THEY GET THEM?
By Mary Kekatos, Acting US Health Editor for DailyMail.com
What are COVID-19 vaccine boosters?
A booster shot is given at least six months after people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
It is intended to prolong immunity and ‘boost’ the immune system to make higher levels of antibodies against the virus.
Is vaccine protection waning?
Not necessarily, although this topic is hotly debated.
Some people have weakened immune systems, either due to medical conditions or age, that make them unable to mount a full immune response to the first doses.
Some studies have shown that vaccine protection wears off after more than four months, which is common with several other immunizations.
However, health officials insist that vaccines are still highly effective against the most serious effects of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death.
Who is currently eligible?
Last month, boosters were approved for Americans with compromised immune systems.
Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended that authorization to specific risk groups.
These include people aged 65 and over, residents of long-term care facilities, and people aged 18 to 64 who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions.
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory committee recommended not using boosters for people at high risk because of their job or other factors, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky made this decision and sided with the FDA.
This means that people at high risk of serious illness due to their occupation – such as health care workers, teachers and supermarket employees – and those who live in institutional settings that increase their risk of exposure, such as prisons or shelters for the homeless, are also eligible.
Which COVID-19 vaccine booster can I get?
At this time, only recommended groups who have received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and who received their last injection at least six months ago can receive booster shots.
Pfizer’s booster injection is exactly the same – both in ingredients and dosage (30 micrograms) – as the first two doses.
What if I got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine?
Moderna has filed with the FDA for approval for the booster injection, with Johnson & Johnson expected to do so soon.
Therefore, recipients of either of these two vaccines are not yet eligible for boosters.
President Joe Biden said on Thursday that scientists are still examining data for booster shots from the two companies.
“Our doctors and scientists are working day and night to analyze the data from those two organizations if and when you need a booster shot, and we’ll give you updates as the process progresses,” he said.
Can I mix and match?
Currently, federal health officials do not recommend having a booster shot made by a vaccine manufacturer other than your initial doses.
This means that Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recipients are not recommended to receive a booster dose from Pfizer and vice versa.