Are there tracers in the vaccine?

Is there a microchip in the COVID-19 vaccine?

No, there is no tracer or microchip technology in the COVID-19 vaccine. You may have seen videos circulating on social media that allege this technology is being used to track individuals and alert government officials of their whereabouts. These claims are false

Where did this myth come from? 

It would be impossible to fit a microchip inside the syringe of the COVID 19 vaccine. There is, however, a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip with a unique serial number on the outside of the syringe to track vaccine usage. This RFID chip will not be injected into your arm. 

RFID technology is not new. It is already used to keep track of shipments (e.g. Amazon Prime) or to maintain security for items with restricted access (e.g. medicines in a hospital). For the COVID-19 vaccines, RFID chips provide essential information to health officials about the number of vaccines available, when they will expire, and where they were administered. They do not and cannot collect any personal information about the patient. 

I’m still worried about my privacy.

It is impossible for the COVID-19 vaccines to inject a tracer or track your whereabouts. If there is cause for concern about your personal information being shared, consider your cell phone, GPS, and social media accounts, where your information is widely available!

Last update: Apr 8, 2021, 12:44pm ET

Science review: SGB, HAY