COVID-19: Magnets sticking on site of injection is ‘trickery’ – Prof Russel

FNU's Explain the Science panel discussion chaired by the College of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) Dr Donald Wilson. Picture: SUPPLIED

Videos circulating of people placing magnets that stick onto their site of injection after being injected with the COVID-19 vaccine were ‘trickery’.

Epidemiologist and paediatrician Professor Fiona Russel noted this during the first of a series of virtual panel discussions regarding COVID-19, the vaccine, the COVID test and questions related to the pandemic and prevention efforts – hosted by Fiji National University’s (FNU), College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS).

“There is nothing in there that could cause magnetic forces,” Prof Russel said.

“This is trickery that is going on and it’s not real. Anybody can do this and make these videos and make it look real. This is just not correct,” she said.

Meanwhile, other panelists included the alumna and Head of Fiji’s COVID-19 Vaccine Taskforce Dr Rachel Devi, CMNHS Adjunct Physician clinical microbiologist and infectious disease Professor Adam Jenney and was chaired by the CMNHS Associate Dean Research and Director of the Fiji Institute of Pacific Health Research (FIPHR), Dr Donald Wilson.

The panelists highlighted that all Fijians, including those vaccinated, should continue to practice COVID-safe precautions such as wearing a mask, physical distancing, using hand sanitisers and avoiding crowded places while travelling, and regularly wash their hands with soap and water.

The next panel discussion is scheduled for next week Monday, June 14, 2021 and will be live-streamed on the FNU and CMNHS Facebook pages.

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