- Outspoken antivaxxer Sherri Tenpenny told Ohio lawmakers that the Covid-19 vaccine magnetizes people
- The osteopathic physician said that she’s seen videos online of vaccinated people sticking keys, forks and spoons to their body.
- She spoke at a health committee meeting in favor of an Ohio bill that would ban mandatory vaccinations
- Tenpenny’s claims have been refuted by experts in the field and the videos she mentioned have all been flagged as false on social media
A doctor known for her wild anti-vaccination claims has testified that the Covid-19 vaccination causes recipients to become magnetized.
Sherri Tenpenny, an osteopathic physician, made the bizarre declaration on Tuesday at a Ohio State Health Committee meeting.
She based her theory on viral internet videos purporting to show vaccinated people sticking keys, forks and spoons to their body.
‘They put a key on their forehead and it sticks, they could put spoons and forks all over them and they could stick because now we think that there’s a metal piece to that,’ the doctor said on the House floor.
During testimony at a Ohio State Health Committee meeting Tuesday, Sherri Tenpenny claimed that the Covid-19 vaccine magnetizes people
She continued by tying her claims into another theory about the vaccines containing microchips that use 5G technology.
‘There’s been people who have long suspected that there was some sort of an interface, yet to be defined, an interface between what’s being injected in these shots and all of the 5G towers,’ she said.
Tenpenny was speaking in favor of Ohio State House Bill 248, dubbed the Vaccine Choice and Anti-Discrimination Act, which would ban mandatory vaccinations in Ohio and prohibit schools and businesses from requiring that attendees are vaccinated.
Sherri Tenpenny based her theory on viral internet videos purporting to show vaccinated people sticking keys, forks and spoons to their body. In this clip, a woman, claiming to be vaccinated is seen sticking a quarter to her arm. She claims, rather than simple glue, it is because she is ‘magnetized’
One of the videos that Tenpenny mentioned was flagged as ‘false’ on Facebook
Twitter users were quick to poke fun at her statements as StarDustArt1 wrote, ‘WOW! No words… Odd though, I can’t get my keys or a fork to stick to me anywhere and I’ve been fully vaccinated. Wonder when this will start?’
Another Twitter user, DeeDee SMITH, wrote ‘That could be convenient. Never lose your keys again, just stick them to your forehead. Thanks, Bill Gates!!’
And Twitter user Tommy wrote, ‘So what’s she saying is ppl are turning into Magneto,’ referencing the magnetized X-Men comic book character.
The anti-vaxx claims about the COVID-19 have been thoroughly debunked since they first emerged last year.
Professor Michael Coey from the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin called the claims ‘complete nonsense’ and said that someone would need a gram of iron metal to attract and support a permanent magnet at the injection site, ‘something you would ‘easily feel’ if it was there.’
Sherri Tenpenny, an osteopathic physician from Cleveland, Ohio, has long been an outspoken anti-vaxxer
Tenpenny has long touted a number of other assertions about vaccinations, including claims that they cause autism, in her own talk show The Tenpenny Files Podcast. She has also been a guests on a number of outlets, most notably the Dr. Oz Show and the Today Show Australia.
The site’s home page describes Tenpenny as being ‘Widely regarded as the most knowledgeable and outspoken physician on the adverse impact that vaccines can have on health.’
Tenpenny works at the Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, which she founded in 1996 and treats patients with a combination of conventional and holistic therapies.
She also offers a $595, eight-week course in anti-vaccine talking points despite a federal judge having found her ‘unqualified’ to weigh in as an expert witness on a vaccine-related lawsuit.
Fact check: Do vaccines really magnetize you?
Vaccines for COVID-19 do not contain metals or microchips that make recipients magnetic at the site of injection, physics and medical experts have told Reuters.
The flawed claim was made in a series of viral videos claiming to show magnets attracted to the arms of alleged jab recipients. Several clips said the supposed phenomenon was proof that people were microchipped, while others provided no explanation for the ‘magnet challenge.’ Only one video named a specific vaccine, claiming the individual on camera had received the Pfizer/BioNTech shot.
However, these posts are not evidence of a magnetic reaction nor that COVID-19 jabs contain a microchip.
Firstly, Reuters has debunked baseless conspiracies about microchips in coronavirus vaccines throughout the pandemic, which often targeted the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates.
Secondly, none of the COVID-19 jabs approved in the United Kingdom or the United States contain metallic ingredients. Many other shots do have small amounts of aluminum, but Oxford University researchers say this is no more harmful than the minimal quantities found naturally in almost all foods and drinking water.
Vaccines for COVID-19 do not contain metals or microchips that make recipients magnetic at the site of injection, physics and medical experts have told Reuters. Kent State University student Regan Raeth, (right), of Hudson, Ohio, is vaccinated on April 8
Thirdly, even if COVID-19 vaccines did contain metals, they would not cause a magnetic reaction. Medical professionals at the Meedan Health Desk said: ‘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.’
They added that humans are all naturally ‘a little bit magnetic’, because we contain tiny quantities of iron. However, the combination of iron and water in the body repels magnets very slightly, and this function is the basis of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans that allow doctors to assess your organs in hospitals.
Professor Michael Coey from the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin also described the claims as ‘complete nonsense’, telling Reuters via email that you would need about one gram of iron metal to attract and support a permanent magnet at the injection site, something you would ‘easily feel’ if it was there.
‘By the way, my wife was injected with her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine today, and I had mine over two weeks ago. I have checked that magnets are not attracted to our arms!’, he wrote.
Responding to a ‘magnet challenge’ video specifically claiming to feature a Pfizer jab recipient, a spokeswoman for the company confirmed in an email to Reuters that their vaccine does not contain any metals and cannot cause a magnetic response when it is injected.
VERDICT: False. Experts say vaccinated individuals cannot experience magnetism at the injection site.