A nurse's riddle-me-this demonstration of an anti-vaccine conspiracy theory fell apart in an Ohio legislative session.
The nurse attempted to prove Tuesday to the Ohio House Health Committee that the coronavirus vaccine causes recipients to become magnetized, as Dr. Sherri Tenpenny testified earlier in the day in favor of House Bill 248, which would prevent businesses or government agencies to require vaccinations.
"Yes, vaccines do harm people," the nurse testified, as flagged by the Ohio Capitol Journal's Tyler Buchanan. "By the way, I just found out something when I was on lunch, and I want to show it to you. We were talking about Dr. Tenpenny's testimony about magnetic vaccine crystals, so this is what I found out."
"I have a key and a bobby pin here," she said, pressing a key against her chest until it sticks. "Explain to me here why the key sticks to me! It stick to my neck, too."
The key does not, in fact, stick to her neck in several attempts, and she then goes for the much lighter bobby pin.
"So if someone can explain to me, that would be great," she says, as the bobby pin falls away from her skin after a moment. "Any questions?"
Small items will briefly stick to skin due to the waxy sebum that mammals secret from their sebaceous glands, and not necessarily proof that vaccines contain magnetic crystals.
All ingredients for the Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Moderna and Janssen vaccines have been made publicly available, and none of them contain high enough amounts of any substance that would attract a magnet.