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Fact Check: Can COVID-19 vaccines make you magnetic?

05:55 PM Jun 10, 2021 | FPJ Web Desk

Several videos showing magnets sticking to arms of COVID-19 patients are being shared on social media. It is being claimed that COVID-19 vaccines can make you magnetic.

Recently, Arvind Sonar, a 71-year-old senior citizen from Nashik claimed that steel objects are sticking to his hands after taking the second dose of the Serum Institute of India (SII)-manufactured COVID-19 vaccine 'Covishield'. In the video going viral, it can be seen that coins, steel spoons are getting stuck to the arms of Sonar.

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According to a report, Sonar had taken second dose of the Covishield vaccine at a private hospital two days ago. After finding out on social media that magnetism is created after taking vaccine he tried it on himself. He noticed that iron and steel objects, mostly coins and spoons were sticking to his body.

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Meanwhile, Press Information Bureau's (PIB) fact checking arm 'PIB Fact Check' has called these claims "baseless". 'These claims are baseless! Vaccines cannot cause a magnetic reaction in the human body," it said. "COVID-19 vaccines are completely safe and do not contain any metal-based ingredients. It is common to experience mild side-effects like mild headaches, pain or swelling at the injection site, and mild fever after getting the COVID-19 vaccine," it added. "Do not fall prey to misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and get vaccinated," it further added.

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