CLAIM: COVID-19 vaccines have caused some people to become magnetic.
FACTS: In recent weeks, videos have circulated on social media falsely claiming that metal objects clinging to people’s bodies were the result of magnetism created by COVID-19 vaccines or microchips. A new video claims that magnetism was added to the vaccine in order to move messenger RNA throughout the body. The CDC says these claims are false and that COVID-19 vaccines are free of ingredients that can produce an electromagnetic field.
“Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will not make you magnetic, including at the vaccination site which is usually your arm,” the agency said on its website. “Furthermore, the typical dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is less than one milliliter, which is not enough to allow magnets to be attracted to your vaccination site even if the vaccine were filled with a metal. magnetic.”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has licensed Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for use, and the ingredients are publicly available in agency documents and on the CDC’s website. None of the shots contain metals.
The vaccines went through three phases of clinical trials and were tested on thousands of people to be deemed safe and effective before being distributed nationwide in phases. If there was a possibility that vaccines were magnetic, it would have been flagged early on, said Dr. Carl Fichtenbaum, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Some social media users shared videos of magnets stuck to their bodies to later confirm it was a joke. If some videos show metal objects stuck to a person, there might be an explanation. Dr Christopher Gill, an infectious disease expert at the Boston University School of Public Health, said the answer could be as simple as humidity in the room or humidity.
“When I was in college, I had this game of sticking spoons on my face and just blowing on them a little bit to hydrate myself,” he said. “But clearly my face is not magnetic.”
There are other clues that the videos showing supposed magnetism are not authentic, according to Fichtenbaum.
“What interests me is that I haven’t seen anyone put a compass on their arm because a compass under a magnetic field is disturbed,” Fichtenbaum said.