KEY POINTS

  • A limited number of people were accidentally injected with saline in April: Report
  • Saline injections do not pose a safety risk: Hopkins Medicine
  • Saline is needed to dilute the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Health experts have debunked a theory claiming that people who received COVID-19 vaccines but did not develop any side effects were instead injected with saline. 

Hundreds of social media users on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram shared a post that claims a large number of the general population received saline in an attempt to cover up severe side effects caused by COVID-19 vaccines. 

“Some of you are being injected with saline because it would look too suspicious if everybody died at the same time,” the post read. 

One user who shared the baseless theory on his Facebook account also claimed that people who did not feel ill following the vaccine shot were given saline. 

“If you didn't get ill from the jab, you likely just got the saline jab…” the post read. 

Health officials have found no evidence to support the baseless claim. Additionally, health care providers are required to mix a 1.8ml measure of saline to the Pfizer-BioNTech shot to dilute it, according to the vaccination guidelines published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

According to The Charlotte Observer, in April, a “limited number” of people mistakenly received saline injections instead of a COVID-19 vaccine at an inoculation site in North Carolina. However, the patients were later notified about the incident and were asked to return to the vaccination site to receive the COVID-19 vaccine shots. 

Hopkins Medicine states that receiving a saline injection should not pose a safety risk to its recipients. It further says that the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which are approved for emergency use in the U.S., have been thoroughly tested and found to be safe and effective in preventing severe COVID-19.

The baseless theory about saline injections being part of a vaccine plot comes after more than 1,400 Americans said they believe the shots are a way for the government to embed microchips in the general population. 

A poll conducted by YouGov and The Economist found that at least 15% of Americans believe the microchip theory to be “probably true” and 5% believe it is “definitely true.”

The conspiracy theory was also found to be more prominent among people who supported former President Donald Trump in the 2020 elections. 

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