TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Spokesman for the Covid-19 Task Force, Wiku Adisasmito, confirmed that the Covid-19 vaccine does not contain magnets. “Please note that vaccines do not contain magnets,” said Wiku at a press conference, Friday, May 28, 2021.
In a video circulating on social media, someone sticks a coin into the arm of a man who is said to have had a vaccine injection. The coin sticks.
The person who recorded the video then stuck the coin into the arm of another man who had not been vaccinated. As a result, the coin falls and does not stick. Thus, a narrative appears in the community that the Covid-19 vaccine contains magnets.
Wiku explained that coins can stick to the skin because of the sweat that is naturally produced by human skin and other frictional forces that cause magnetism.
From this example, said Wiku, all parties can learn together not to directly spread news or information whose sources are not credible. “Our mistake in spreading unverified information is tantamount to spreading false news or hoaxes. And this will certainly hamper the government’s efforts in dealing with the pandemic,” he said in response to the viral video of the Covid-19 vaccine containing a magnet.
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