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Mythbusting: "Does the COVID-19 vaccine contain a microchip or tracking device?"

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No, the COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any type of microchip or tracking device.

 

The origins and claims around this myth vary and misleading information has been used to support these false claims. COVID-19 vaccines have nothing to do with any individual tracking of any kind; their sole purpose is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce hospital stays and deaths due to the virus. Let’s take a closer look at some of the facts.

 

Ingredients and Certifications

 

Information and ingredients lists for all three vaccines are available to the public and can be found below. Each vaccine has gone through rigorous testing and observation through multiple private and government organizations; there are no microchips in any of the COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Here are information sheets for the  Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.      

 

Tracking

 

None of the vaccines have any sort of injectable tracker. Vaccine administrators track the shipments and know when and where the vaccines have actually been administered based on reporting, but if any tracking devices are used to monitor the shipments, they don’t store any personal information.

 

Will I be tracked at all?

 

At your vaccination appointment, you’ll be given a vaccination record card that notes when and where your COVID-19 vaccine dose(s) were administered. State governments use reporting to track where you got the vaccine and which kind you received using a computerized database to make sure you get all recommended doses at the right time. 

 

Misinformation and miscommunication have spread the stories of microchip and tracking myths. They have continually been deemed false by many credible sources. Your safety and the safety of our communities is our highest priority, so we recommend getting vaccinated as soon as possible.


To schedule an appointment or learn more, visit our COVID-19 vaccine page.