The coronavirus vaccination drive is going at full speed these days, with celebrities and influencers posting hundreds of selfies, in a signature pose of them getting their COVID-19 vaccines. These tactics are to promote the vaccines and make sure everyone gets them. However, there are also many people who are against the vaccines and actively protesting against getting them.

While there are certain people who not entirely against the vaccine but have valid questions for them, there are also some unique creatures who have concocted several conspiracy theories on why the vaccines are dangerous. From theories of how the government trying to track people through the vaccine to vaccines having microchips in them to people straight up dying because of them, and more are doing the rounds.

The latest one to join this is how people are gaining magnetic powers after getting the vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Has Magnet?

A viral video from the US has seemingly started a lot of conversation around this topic. Tyler Buchanan, a reporter for the Ohio Capital Journal, posted a video from a court hearing where Sherri Tenpenny, an anti-vaccine doctor is supporting a bill that would forbid Ohio businesses and schools from making the vaccines mandatory for its members.

In the video, Tenpenny can be heard saying, “I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures all over the internet, of people who’ve had these shots and now they’re magnetized! They can put a key on their forehead, it sticks. They can put spoons and forks all over them and they can stick.”

Another woman supporting Tenpenny’s words to prove (unsuccessfully though) the claims by attempting to stick a key to her chest and neck. The woman who claims to be a registered nurse said “Explain to me why the key sticks to me. It sticks to my neck too. Yeah, if somebody could explain this, that would be great.”

The poor key on the other hand kept sliding down, not sticking at all, probably trying to escape this public humiliation.

It is not just these people who are believing these things, there is also a TikTok “magnet test challenge,” going around where people who say they’ve gotten their COVID vaccinations try to stick magnets and metal objects to their arms, neck and face.

It seems that this stupid conspiracy theory has traveled to India too, with many people claiming to have become magnetized or having magnetic powers after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Several people from various parts of India claim they’ve developed magnetic strength after getting the COVID-19 shot. A man from Jharkhand had claimed this, another from Sikkim, then a Nasik man, then another from Karnataka, Gujarat, Bengaluru and more are all showing videos of themselves with spoons, forks, and other metal objects stuck to their skin.

Is There Actually Magnet Or Metal In The Vaccine?

First of all, almost every expert, doctor and medical professional, and committee have already debunked these nonsensical claims.

Ajay Sethi a professor at the University of Madison for infectious diseases has said that “It is irresponsible and negligent. ”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even released a bulletin last week stating “No. Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will not make you magnetic, including at the site of vaccination which is usually your arm.” The vaccine does not have “metals such as iron, nickel, cobalt, lithium, and rare earth alloys, as well as any manufactured products such as microelectronics, electrodes, carbon nanotubes, and nanowire semiconductors” that can create an electromagnetic field.

Even the Press Information Bureau’s (PIB) PIB Fact Check by the Government of India has refuted any claims of the COVID vaccines having metal in them or making people magnetic. They state “Vaccines cannot cause a magnetic reaction in the body. Covid-19 vaccines are completely safe and don’t contain any metal-based ingredients.”

As per a Reuters reports the Meedan Health Desk’s medical professionals stated that “The amount of metal that would need to be in a vaccine for it to attract a magnet is much more substantial than the amounts that could be present in a vaccine’s small dose.”

Some people have explained why these metal objects or magnets could be sticking to people. Jamie Alan, Ph.D., an associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University, in a report by Health, explained that the natural oils or sweat on a human body could be allowing the objects to stick one’s skin. Alan added that “People can balance spoons on their nose, so it’s not surprising people can balance magnets on their arms.” 

Another explanation given by infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, MD, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security is that “I guess if you dipped a magnet in honey or slime and then stuck it to your arm, it will probably stick.”

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Reaction To These Conspiracy Theories?

A lot of people even made fun of people who claim this theory is really and compared their own disappointment over not developing magnetic powers even after taking the vaccine.

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Let us know in the comments below on what you all think about this whole nonsense. Personally speaking, if a vaccine is giving us superpowers then I will be the first one in line to get them. Who wouldn’t like some extra powers?


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Sources: New York Intelligencer, Livemint, Reuters 

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