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- COVID-19 vaccines do not contain microchips or metallic ingredients that would cause a magnet to stick to your body.
Some people on social media say they have proof of the debunked claim that COVID-19 vaccines have microchips in them: videos showing magnets sticking to people’s arms where they were injected.
"We’re chipped," one person said.
The vaccines aren’t magnetic either.
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Florian Krammer, a professor of vaccinology at the Department of Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, told us the claim is "utter nonsense."
Al Edwards, an associate professor in biomedical technology at the University of Reading in England, told Newsweek that because the human body is made up of the same kinds of biological materials that are used in the vaccine, "there is simply no way that injecting a tiny fragment of this material" could make it respond to a magnet.
"Most food is made of similar molecules, and eating food doesn’t make people magnetic," he said.
Edward Hutchinson, a lecturer at the Centre for Virus Research at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, told Snopes that you would need to introduce "a large lump of magnetic material beneath the skin to get the action through the skin that the videos claim to show."
In some cases it is possible to detect metal under the skin using a magnet, according to 2011 case report that documented the skin on a boy’s body tenting when a magnet was held against where he had injured his arm while hammering (the doctor removed a piece of metal that had punctured his skin).
"There’s nothing there that a magnet can interact with," Thomas Hope, a vaccine researcher at Northwestern University, told AFP. "It’s protein and lipids, salts, water and chemicals that maintain the pH. That’s basically it, so this is not possible."
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Full Fact, COVID-19 vaccines do not make you magnetic, May 14, 2021
Snopes, Do videos show magnets sticking to people’s arms after COVID-19 vaccine, May 12, 2021
Reuters, Metal under the skin? Find it with a magnet: doctor, May 18, 2011
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine fact sheet for recipients and caregivers, visited May 17, 2021
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Moderna COVID-19 vaccine fact-sheet, visited May 17, 2021
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine fact sheet, visited May 17, 2021
AFP, COVID-19 vaccines do not contain magnetic microchips, May 13, 2021
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Additional information for people worried about COVID-19 vaccination, visited May 17, 2021
Email interview with Florian Krammer, professor of vaccinology, Department of Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, May 15, 2021
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