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COVID-19 vaccines can access a 5G tower to send health and vaccine updates to the CDC.

COVID-19 vaccines don't have technology that can transmit data over a mobile network.

As millions of people across the world are being administered COVID-19 vaccines, many on social media are spreading misleading claims to stop the public from getting vaccinated and increasing vaccine hesitancy. In addition, the shift to 5G technology is facing new hurdles as claims linking 5G trials or networks with COVID-19 have been growing. One such post on Twitter claimed that COVID-19 vaccines could access a 5G tower to send health and vaccine updates to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) when administered.

Firstly, 5G technology in the U.S. is still a work in progress and uses radio waves, the lowest-energy form of radiation on the electromagnetic spectrum. Secondly, ingredients listed for Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca vaccines do not contain anything which can transmit data. Some conspiracy theories about the vaccines containing microchips to transmit or access information have been debunked earlier. The CDC has said there are no trackers in the vaccines.

We mark the claim as false as a new version of the old conspiracy theory has resurfaced without any evidence.

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