Fake video shows “cupping” to remove COVID-19 vaccine from body

A video that claims to show a man cutting his skin and removing the COVID-19 vaccine from his body in blood clots has been shared in multiple social media posts. The video suggests that within 30 minutes of being vaccinated, an alternative medicine technique called cupping can be used to suction coagulated blood, and presumably the vaccine, from the body. This claim is false. The vaccines are injected into the arm muscles and travel throughout the body, making removal of the vaccine by cupping or any other means impossible.

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