The shock jock with a legendary reputation, Howard Stern launched into a foam-filled rant on Tuesday against those who had not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine. “When are we going to stop putting up with the idiots in this country and just say it’s mandatory to get vaccinated?” he asked on his SiriusXM show.
According to a report in The Hill, the 67-year-old went on to reject concerns about individual liberty when it came to Covid policy, saying of vaccine-hesitant individuals: “F— them. F— their freedom. I want my freedom to live.” He added, “I want to get out of the house. I want to go next door and play chess. I want to go take some pictures. This is bulls**t.”
Stern also stated that hospitals should refuse to treat individuals who had not received vaccinations.
Calling them “imbeciles,” he said, “The other thing I hate is that all these people with Covid who won’t get vaccinated are in the hospitals clogging it up. So like, if you have a heart attack or any kind of problem, you can’t even get into the E.R. And I’m really of a mind to say, ‘Look, if you didn’t get vaccinated [and] you got Covid, you don’t get into a hospital.'”
“Go f— yourself,” Stern went on. “You had the cure and you wouldn’t take it.”
Stern's claim that Covid vaccinations offer a "cure" for the virus is inaccurate, as those who have been vaccinated with the virus have been reported to get the infection. Research released Wednesday by the Arizona Department of Health Services revealed that approximately 15 percent of new coronavirus infections in that state are breakthrough cases.
Aside from those who are immune-compromised and may have been recommended by doctors not to get the vaccine, the radio icon did not mention those who may have natural immunity owing to a previous infection in his diatribe against the unvaccinated.
Celebrities such as Stern are only the latest in a long line of public figures to criticize those who are not vaccinated and to downplay worries about government totalitarianism.