A Telegram group called 'SG The Magnetic Group' has been gaining attention on social media for supporting a disproven vaccine claim
Started in July 2021, the group was made to, as they described themselves, "record and investigate local cases of magnetic effects related to vaccinations in Singapore".
They have almost 3,300 subscribers and over 30 'cases' of individuals sharing that they "tested magnetic positive" since being vaccinated for COVID-19.
Photos in the group show people sticking objects to their bodies — mostly on their arms or foreheads — claiming that they are be able to attract metal objects either after taking the COVID-19 vaccine or by being around vaccinated individuals.
Some videos also show people holding electromagnetic field (EMF) readers to their bodies, especially on their vaccinated arms, implying that they have stronger magnetic fields after being vaccinated.
While the channel is still open for public viewing, it has been closed to new discussions since it received ridicule on the Internet
"Welcome all our new subscribers. We had to remove many trolls due to their complete disrespect for emerging science and evidence," the channel administrator said on Sunday, 10 October.
"Our group discussion will remain closed until we purge all the trolls. In the meantime, please read all previous posts to understand why people are magnetic and feel free to try it out on your own fellow vaccinated friends/family under the right conditions."
Screenshots of the group were shared on Twitter and Reddit over the weekend.
For your information, the myth that COVID-19 vaccines may cause magnetic effects has been disproven by doctors around the world
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) specifically addresses the whole magnetism issue on its website under 'Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines'.
"Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will not make you magnetic, including at the site of vaccination which is usually your arm. All COVID-19 vaccines are free from metals," they say.
The CDC says there is no truth to these claims and that the COVID-19 vaccines are free from ingredients that can produce an electromagnetic field.
Besides that, according to AP News, CDC adds: "In addition, the typical dose for a COVID-19 vaccine is less than 1ml, which is not enough to allow magnets to be attracted to your vaccination site even if the vaccine was filled with a magnetic metal."
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin recently called out a netizen for spreading fake news regarding COVID-19 vaccines: