Pet reader doesn’t show microchip from coronavirus vaccine

A video that has been viewed more than 15 million times on TikTok and shared on Facebook claims to indicate a microchip in the arm of a person who received a COVID-19 vaccine.

The clip focuses on a woman at an Ohio veterinary clinic who says to someone off camera, “Look what I just figured out, Justine,” as she scans one arm with a microchip reader for pets. The scanner shows nothing until the reader is pointed toward her “vaccinated arm” and a series of numbers appear on the device.

This video is fake. According to, “A list of the ingredients used in COVID-19 vaccines is publicly available, and the ingredients don’t include microchips.”

It would not be possible to receive a microchip that would be detected in this way. The microchip that the pet reader would be detecting is about the size of a grain of rice. The tube on the needle used for the COVID-19 vaccines is less than half a millimeter wide.

The person who originally posted the video said it was meant as a joke, reports. As it was shared, the post was not labeled satire. One Facebook user’s post of the video, which was viewed 11,000 times, falsely claimed, “They are literally tagging and tracking everybody taking the Jab.”

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