Could COVID-19 vaccines be magnetic? Despite the efforts of governments and health agencies around the world, many people still believe that COVID-19 vaccines are magnetic for they contain metals and microchips.
According to BBC News, videos of people sticking magnets to where they claim they have had the COVID-19 vaccine have racked up millions of views online on social media platforms, such as TikTok and Instagram.
Some believe that the vaccines distributed have microchips in them, but it is a theory that has been constantly debunked by science and vaccine developers.
Magnet Test Does Not Prove COVID-19 Vaccines Are Magnetic
The flawed claim made by the people in the videos allegedly showing magnets sticking to the arms where jab recipients received their vaccines is not true. Magnetic tests on those areas of the skin do not prove that the vaccines are magnetic.
Reuters reported that throughout the pandemic, countless baseless conspiracies about microchips in COVID-19 vaccines went viral and were all debunked due to its lack of evidence.
Moreover, the news outlet added that none of the vaccines approved in the United States or in the United Kingdom contain any metallic ingredients. Many other vaccines may have aluminum but Oxford scientists said that these are not harmful quantities and are naturally found in foods and drinking water.
Additionally, a magnetic reaction will not be possible if COVID-19 vaccines do contain metals and microchips. Medical professionals in the Meedan Health Desk said that a substantial amount of metals in the vaccines is needed for it to attract a magnet, much more than the amounts that could be present in some vaccines.
They noted that humans are naturally a little bit magnetic because humans contain tiny quantities of iron. But its combination with water inside the body repels magnets very slightly, a concept applied to MRI to enable doctors to assess internal organs.
Check the Ingredients of COVID-19 Vaccines
Before believing false claims on vaccines being magnetic, people should consider checking the ingredients of vaccines available today. According to Forbes, vaccine developers in the US, namely Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, have posted the list of ingredients of their vaccines on the US FDA website.
COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech includes mRNA, lipids, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate, monobasic potassium phosphate, potassium chloride, and sucrose. While Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is similar to Pfizer but has tromethamine, tromethamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, and sodium acetate trihydrate.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine is different from the two because it is an adenovirus vaccine, according to the news outlet. It contains recombinant, replication-incompetent adenovirus type 26 expressing the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, lipids, proteins, salts, and sugars.
The last four ingredients are substances that can also be found in many foods and supplements, which are not magnetic ingredients or otherwise people would also be concerned about their magnetic food.
Ultimately, COVID-19 vaccines are not magnetic but it provides protection against the deadly virus and will help people feel better and more relaxed as people begin to slowly go back to their old normal lifestyle.
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