Joe Rogan—host of popular Joe Rogan Experience show and the biggest podcast star on Spotify—has been forced to cancel an upcoming show in Canada due to the country’s Covid-19 vaccine requirements.
The longtime UFC commentator revealed on a recent podcast episode that he decided to cancel his April 20 event at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada due to the country’s requirements that all non-citizens traveling by air must be fully vaccinated against the virus.
“I should probably say this because I haven’t yet. My 4/20 show that sold out in Vancouver, I don’t think that’s happening,” Rogan said on Dec. 24. “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. I don’t think I can go.”
While the Provincial Health Office stated that event performers are not required to be vaccinated, some venues, including Rogers Arena, introduced additional requirements to ensure the safety of its participants. Since Rogan is not vaccinated, he is not allowed to perform at the arena.
Rogan, an outspoken opponent of vaccine mandates, contracted Covid-19 in September and opted to treat the virus with an array of alternative and unproven remedies such as the antiparasitic medication Ivermectin, antibiotics, and a vitamin drip. He also used monoclonal antibodies.
Earlier this year, Rogan told his millions of listeners that healthy young people do not need the Covid-19 vaccine, and was later condemned for spreading misinformation. He clarified his comments a week later, adding that he is “not an anti-vax person.”
“I believe [the Covid-19 vaccines are] safe and I encourage many people to take ‘em,” Rogan said during an April 2021 episode of the JRE with comedian Andrew Santino. “I just said, I don’t think that if you’re a young, healthy person, that you need it.”