There are many COVID-19 vaccine rumors circulating these days. Delco Ambassador Emily Barkann challenges the FICTION that vaccines don’t protect us against current variants and also make us magnetic.

Fiction Guy

Fiction:
The vaccine will make me magnetic.

Emily Barkann

Fact:
No. And don’t believe everything you see on the internet.

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Although… that WOULD be kind of cool, wouldn’t it? But, COVID-19 vaccines don’t contain anything that can create an electromagnetic field. They have no metals, micro-electronics, or nanotechnology — the magic is simply that they deliver the instructions to your cells to start building protection against the virus.

If you think about it, that’s a pretty strong “attraction” on its own!

Fiction Guy

Fiction:
The current vaccines won’t protect me from the new variants.

Emily Barkann

Fact:
Current data shows that the approved vaccines in the U.S. will protect you from most variants.

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Mutant ninjas don’t just come in turtle form… COVID-19 is pretty good at changing itself to try to survive, so we have to be smarter. Most recent and ongoing studies are showing different effectiveness rates against the variants — but it’s clear that fully vaccinated people who get a “breakthrough” variant infection are much less likely to get severely ill or need to be hospitalized.

So that’s really no contest: the vaccine’s benefits definitely outweigh the risks of being unvaccinated and contracting one of the variants.


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Sources

AFP Fact Check:
Video makes false claims on Covid-19 vaccines and ‘magnetofection’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

Harvard Medical School:
What you need to know before getting vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
COVID-19 Vaccines and New Variants of the Virus