Podcast heavyweight Joe Rogan questioned whether President Joe Biden got a real booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccine on live TV or whether it was a publicity stunt, saying that Biden could have risked blacking out or fainting due to an adverse 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 watched it on TV, when I watched him getting his shot, his mask on all I could think of, was this was performance art. So the next step of performance art would be like not giving him the booster but just giving him a shot.’
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains that serious side effects from any of the three Covid-19 vaccines is extremely rare, and the most common immediate ones include redness, swelling and pain at the injection site.
Podcast host Joe Rogan on Thursday suggested that Joe Biden’s televised Covid-19 booster shot was faked
Rogan’s guest, former CIA officer Mike Baker seemed to agree with the suggestion, saying that medical workers at vaccine sites do ask those who get a shot to wait around for a few minutes in case of a serious adverse reaction
Biden, 78, received his third dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday after the FDA approved boosters of the shot for people aged over 65 in an attempt to encourage others to do so. Boosters for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have yet to receive approval.
‘I know it doesn’t look like it, but I am over 65 – way over. And that’s why I’m getting my booster shot today,’ the president said speaking from a podium in the South Court Auditorium, before he rolled up his sleeve.
Rogan was skeptical, however.
‘I think if they were going to give him a booster shot, the last thing they would do is give it to him live on television,’ he said. ‘What if he dies? What if he blacks out? What if he like gets it and faints? Like, because people have had very bad reactions like in the moment for whatever reason.’
The CDC reports that among test groups, .6 percent of people over 18 experienced a serious reaction to any of the vaccines that required hospitalization.
Joe Biden, 78, televised receiving his third Covid-19 vaccine shot on Monday after FDA approval for boosters in people over 65
‘I think they still tell you, they give you the shot, and then they’ll say stick around for 10 or 15 minutes. They want to make sure you don’t, you know, fall down,’ Baker said. ‘So, I agree because every other step of the way with any president, they’re so careful, so careful about the messaging, the optics, the security issues related to it.’
‘It would be not unheard of, let’s put it that way,’ he said.
Rogan has not characterized himself as being against vaccines, saying in April: ‘I’m not an anti-vax person. I believe they’re safe and encourage many people to take them.’
But he has told his audience that taking the anti-parasite medicine Ivermectin helped in his recovery from the coronavirus, despite the CDC saying that it is unsafe if used improperly, and that there is no evidence it can treat Covid-19.
The president joked about being ‘way older’ than 65, which makes him eligible to get a Pfizer booster
He has also suggested that teenagers do not need to get vaccinated, despite advisories 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 talked him into it,’ Rogan said. ‘She’s like go, take it — take a double, give him a double. Fill him up.’
‘I don’t know, I don’t think she wants the job anymore,’ Baker replied. ‘She seems very quiet. I’m not sure, she may have left the country.’
Biden, during his remarks on Monday, again shamed Americans who refused to get vaccinated, saying they accounted for about 23 per cent of the eligible population.
‘And that distinct minority is causing an awful lot of damage for the rest of the country,’ he said. ‘This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,’ he repeated.
The president said he didn’t have any side effects when he received his first and second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
‘And I don’t anticipate one now,’ he said of his booster, seated and ready to receive his jab.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR COVID-19 BOOSTER SHOTS AND WHEN SHOULD THEY GET THEM?
By Mary Kekatos, Acting U.S. 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 meant to prolong immunity and give a ‘boost’ to the immune system to create 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 to age, that have left them unable to mount a full immune response to the first doses.
Some studies have found that vaccine protection does decrease 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 severe outcomes from COVID-19, including hospitalization and death.
Who is currently eligible?
Last month, boosters were authorized for Americans with compromised immune systems.
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded that authorization to specific at-risk groups.
These include people aged 65 and older, long-term care facility residents and people aged 18 to 64 at high risk of severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions.
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) advisory committee recommended that boosters not be for people at high risk due to their jobs or other factors, CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky overruled this decision and sided with the FDA.
This means people who are at high-risk of severe illness due to their occupations – such as healthcare workers, teachers and grocery store employees – and those who live in institutional settings that increase their risk of exposure, such as prisons or homeless shelters, are also eligible.
Which COVID-19 vaccine booster can I get?
Right now, only recommended groups who received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and were given their final shot at least six months ago, can get booster shots.
Pfizer’s booster shot is exactly the same – both ingredients-wise and dosage (30 micrograms) – as the first two doses.
What if I received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine?
Moderna has submitted an application to the FDA asking that its booster shot be authorized while Johnson & Johnson is expected to do so soon.
Because of this, recipients of either of these two vaccines are not eligible to receive boosters yet.
President Joe Biden said on Thursday that scientists are still examining data for boosters shots from the two companies.
‘Our doctors and scientists are working day and night to analyze the data from those two organizations on whether and when you need a booster shot, and we’ll provide updates for you as the process moves ahead,’ he said.
Can I mix and match?
Currently, federal health officials do not recommend getting a booster shot made by a different vaccine manufacturer than that of your initial doses.
This means that Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recipients are not recommended to get a booster dose from Pfizer and vice-versa.