Fact Check: No! Covid Vaccine Can NOT Make A Bulb Glow; Viral Claim Is Fake

A video of a man holding a bulb is doing the rounds on social media. In the video, the man claims that the bulb glows when he brings it close to the spot where he got his COVID vaccination shot injected.

A Facebook user has shared the video with a caption that reads, “Yah Viedo Dikna Ke Bath Kal Se Haar Vaccine Lagaye Hua Shaqs Kam Az Kam Akela Mein Bulb Testing Karinga.

(Translation: After watching this video, everybody who gets Covid-19 vaccination will test the bulb on their arms)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found that the claim is false.

Firstly, we found a tweet by Press Information Bureau (PIB), the government’s nodal agency, dated May 30, 2021. The tweet termed the claim fake and stated that neither the vaccine contain metal or microchip nor does it produce any magnetic effect or electric current in the human body.

Further, while going through the reply section of the tweet, we found a reply by a user who had shared a video of the same person. In the video, the person can be seen clarifying that the video in question was a prank that went viral by mistake.

The man in the viral video explained that he was pulling a prank on his friends and had shared the video with them in a group. But his friends circulated the video and it went viral by mistake. He also clarified that the video is not linked to the vaccine at all. The bulb in the video is an emergency bulb that turns on when it finds earthing.

Further, we found that similar videos of emergency bulbs have been present on the internet for years.

As per the video, the bulb has a rechargeable battery in it and it glows when it comes in contact with a conductor. Since the perspiration or moisture present on the arm or fingers or any part of your body also acts like a conductor, it completes the circuit and the bulb lights up using the same mechanism.

It is evident that the video that started as a prank was shared with a fake claim which was out of context. Hence, the above information proves that a bulb cannot glow when brought close to the arm after getting a vaccination.


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