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VCH confirms COVID-19 vaccine will not give you X-Men powers

An anti-vaccine advocate claims COVID-19 vaccines magnetize people after she saw pictures of individuals with keys stuck to their faces.
Vancouver Coastal Heath met a wild coronavirus claim made by Doctor Sherri Tenpenny — an anti-vaccine advocate based in Cleveland, Ohio — with humour.

Do you think a COVID-19 vaccine could give you a superpower? 

There are countless myths circulating on social media about COVID-19, but some of them gain significantly more traction than others. And while some of them may seem harmless, others are dangerous, like when in 2020 an alarming number of people drank bleach in an attempt to kill the virus after misinformation spread about the toxic substance acting as a viable coronavirus cure

In addition to harmful misinformation on how to cure coronavirus, countless, sweeping conspiracies concerning the creation of the virus as well as what the vaccine contains continue to flood social media. 

But our regional health authority isn't having any of it.

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) met a wild claim made by Doctor Sherri Tenpenny — an anti-vaccine advocate based in Cleveland, Ohio — with humour.

Tenpenny proposed that vaccines may cause magnetism but had no evidence to support her theory aside from having seen pictures of people on the Internet with objects stuck to their faces. 

"I'm sure you've seen some of the pictures all over the Internet of people who've had these shots and now they're magnetized," she said.  "They can put a key on their forehead and it sticks."

Several people responded to the remarks by sharing photos of keys and other household objects stuck to their faces.

Vancouver Coastal Health responds with X-Men burn 

VCH responded to Tenpenny's inflammatory theory by tweeting that it could confirm that vaccines will "not give you the powers of Wolverine, Storm, or any past/present members of the X-Men."

However, one person mentioned that Wolverine does have the power to produce antibodies against any disease, so the vaccine has a fraction of one of the iconic Marvel character's superpowers.

The regional health authority humbly responded: "We stand corrected!"

In an effort to dispel harmful beliefs about COVID-19, UBC professor Dr. Anny Blakney uses TikTok to provide correct information about everything from vaccines to transmission and beyond. 

Check out some of her viral videos and helpful information online.

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