Claims are circulating that doctors are encouraging the COVID-19 vaccine to be injected on the penis.
DOCTORS Encourage Covid-19 Vaccine Injections IN PENIS. 😟🤦♂️
Based On Findings From A University Of California Study Involving 1,500 Men Vaccinated pic.twitter.com/wgCgq25B0T
— 𝓢𝓪𝓶 𝓢𝓮𝓷𝓮𝓿 🇺🇸 National Security Advisor (@SamSenev) January 3, 2021
The pandemic has brought about a flood of information and misconceptions with many having no proven scientific basis. Since the announcement of the availability of vaccines by companies such as Pfizer and Astra Zeneca, a lot of speculation and recommendations have been shared on social media.
A search on the University of California publications page shows no such research exists. The image shared in the tweet highlighted above is a cropped version of a tweet that appeared earlier in December claiming it was reported on CNN.
Who’s going first? 🤡 pic.twitter.com/nx2GyGzcMg
— SANA (@sanaonline__) January 1, 2021
The tweet shows the official CNN logo and the top bar as it appears on a mobile device. The spelling of the word “Covid-19”, however, makes the article suspicious. A search of all COVID-19 related information on the CNN website shows that the media house spells the word using a capital C. The article also does not have a byline, author and upload date as is the case with all CNN articles.
Searching the article by the heading provides no such results. A reverse search on the image on TinEye shows the man in the picture to be Dr Mohitkumar Ardeshana, a physician at Claremont Medical Center in California.
The second image showing male genitalia is an illustrated guide for a penile self-injection by Saint Luke’s Health System.
The claim that doctors have encouraged Covid-19 vaccine injections to be administered through the penis is therefore FALSE.