The popular online myth I’d like to debunk for this final blog post is one about vaccines. I’d like to make it as clear as possible that the Covid 19 vaccine does not contain microchips that track us, listen to us, or contain 5G radiation. They are just vaccines to help protect against the virus.
First and foremost, the various Covid vaccines were worked on and created by some of the most advanced companies and scientists all across the world. Ranging from Moderna, to BioNTech-Pfizer, Sputnik V, and of course Johnson & Johnson. It amazes me that people would believe in a conspiracy so large that it would entail some of the best companies across the world working together to inject the entire world with microchips, but here we are. What’s even worse about this theory is that it seems as though those who believe in it, feel as though it only involves us here in the United States. Why would they only do this to us? The logic is very flawed in this entire thing. In a poll created by YouGov.com, 28% of Americans believe in the theory, and amongst Republicans, that number is 44%. These numbers are shockingly high, and it appears the main culprits in question are Bill and Melinda Gates.
What sparked this whole controversy was Bill Gates talking about the potential for digital certificates that could show who has been tested, recovered from Covid, or is vaccinated. However, this got spun into, Bill Gates is creating microchips to put in the vaccine. Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones stated that Gates admitted that the vaccine will result in 700,000 deaths worldwide, which was of course proven false. People like Alex Jones spreading harmful information like that is how theories like this blow up. Former politician Simon Parkes has recently been saying some outlandish things. Things such as his mother is an alien, he stopped scientists at the Large Hadron Collider from opening a portal that would have ended mankind, and that the illuminati are behind the microchips in the vaccines with many of them fleeing the planet after failing to open the portal due to Parkes’ heroics, leaving only 200 “evil beings” on Earth. For starters, Parkes’ claims are ridiculous, but this information also comes from Express.co.uk which is a known site full of disinformation, misinformation, and false news so it’s not surprising that they would speak with Simon Parkes.
NBC had a great article on debunking this conspiracy with real reasoning from Dr. Matt Laurens. Laurens stated that the size required for this microchip is actually impossible for one. Second, these chips would have to have an associated power source that every single one is connected to, and lastly, this power source would have to be able to transmit a signal through at minimum one inch of muscle, fat, and skin. These simple facts alone easily show why it’s scientifically impossible to achieve this. Just as it took collaboration from the world’s best scientists in order to create formulas for these vaccines, it’d likely take the same if not more work to even think of a possibility where a small enough chip could be invented. Forget even having a central power source and getting a signal through a human body. Their own study they conducted back in July of 2021, showed that 5% of Americans thought this theory was “definitely true”. While 15% thought it was “probably true”. Another fact to disprove this theory is the actual injection of the vaccine. Covid 19 vaccines are injected at least an inch into dense muscle, if a chip were to be inserted this far into our body, not even a phone would be able to communicate with it.
Another layer to this theory besides tracking, is that the microchips contain 5G technology. The main place in which this theory took off was through a social media post from user Mario Fusco. The kick in all of this is that this is one of the few places that this image and theory can be found, besides of course r/guitarpedals. Many thought Fusco was joking as the image is literally of a guitar pedal circuit. It contains words such as treble, bass, and volume, which should have been a dead giveaway. However, it still led to thousands of people online running with this and trying to create a theory that this was the technology within the microchip.
The last aspect of this theory is that the Covid vaccine is “the mark of the beast”. Now this one is probably the most unbelievable for me, in terms of people actually truly feeling this way. I am not a religious person and do not judge anyone for their beliefs. However, this was pretty insane to me. The most extreme aspect of this conspiracy is that the vaccine is some sort of ritual, or sacrifice. Now it was difficult to find true sources on this topic and not religious blogs and sites. Whether or not these sites had truth behind them with bible evidence and other sources, it is hard to not see this as bias no matter their stance whether the vaccine does or does not have to do with “the beast”. However, USA today did acknowledge this theory and it was one of the few nationally reliable sources that did so. However, it was mostly about the different opinions amongst healthcare workers, religious leaders, and some background as to where this idea even came from.
While there are many different theories about Covid and masks and politics behind all of this, I felt like this specific topic was a clear one to choose and pick apart because of how blatantly wrong it is. It is scientific fact that it’s simply impossible to microchip the world’s population through Covid vaccines. Unfortunately, this pandemic has divided the world and our country rather than bringing us together in an effort to end it, and it’s odd to think about how much of an issue masks and this vaccine has become when there’s never been a second thought about other vaccines like the flu or chickenpox.