A doctor-turned-conspiracy theorist falsely claimed at an Ohio hearing the COVID-19 vaccine will turn you into a magnet

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  • Sherri Tenpenny, a doctor and author of "Saying No to Vaccines," spoke at an Ohio Statehouse hearing on Tuesday.

  • During the hearing, she spread false theories about the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Tenpenny, who was invited by Republicans, falsely said the vaccine could make people "magnetized."

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A licensed doctor and known conspiracy theorist spread false claims about the COVID-19 vaccine during an Ohio Statehouse hearing this week.

Sherri Tenpenny, author of "Saying No to Vaccines," was invited to speak at a House Health Committee hearing by Republican lawmakers, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

But during the hearing, she falsely said the COVID-19 vaccine could make people "magnetized," and falsely said doses include particles that can connect with 5G wireless technology.

"I'm sure you've seen the pictures all over the internet of people who have had these shots and now they're magnetized," Tenpenny, of Middleburg Heights in Cuyahoga County, said. "You can put a key on their forehead, it sticks. You can put spoons and forks all over and they can stick because now we think there is a metal piece to that."

Tenpenny made those comments during a hearing on House Bill 248, legislation that would block vaccine requirements in schools and other locations.

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