The National Primary healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA has refuted the magnetic conspiracy theory which claims that COVID-19 vaccine creates magnetic field around vaccination site and can cause the body to light up an electric bulb.
Demonstrating the theory at the weekly media briefing on covid19 vaccine update in Abuja, the Executive Director NPHCDA, Dr Faisal shuaib displayed the tricks being used by the video makers in creating such misleading videos.
Items used for the demonstration include, magnet, moisturizing cream, electric bulb, coin, and Plasma ball.
When the magnet and coin were placed at the vaccination site of the volunteer who had received his covid19 vaccination, it couldn’t stay magnetic to the body but when an external substance was applied such as the moisturizer, the coin got stocked to the body.
Same demonstration was carried out on the electric bulb but the body couldn’t light it up, but when the volunteer was asked to step his leg on the plasma ball which generates electricity, it lit the bulb.
At the end of the demonstration, it was proven that COVID -19 vaccines do not contain any metal.
Dr Shuaib described the video makers as anti-vaccination elements who make vulnerable people believe them and take the risk of avoiding COVID-19 vaccination.
He called on Nigerians to take informed steps to guard themselves from being misled by those spreading misconceptions about COVID-19 vaccines.
So far, 2,495,632 people have been vaccinated with the first dose, while 1,370,130 have received their second dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Overall, Nigeria has successfully utilized 3.9M doses, representing 96% of the 4,024,000 doses of the vaccines received in the country.
This is to ensure that people are protected against COVID-19, and normalcy is restored.
The Country Representative, United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF Mr Peter Hawkins applauded Nigeria for the significant progress made towards utilizing the 4 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine gotten from COVAX facility, adding that the vaccine roll out has been described as the best in the African sub-region.