Anti-maskers may now wear one ‘to protect themselves from the vaccinated’ and we’ve reached peak stupid

Sandra Salathe
Wednesday 12 May 2021 21:25
An anti-mask protestor holds up a sign in front of the Ohio Statehouse during a right-wing protest "Stand For America Against Terrorists and Tyrants" (AFP via Getty Images)

It looks like anti-maskers finally found a reason to begin donning masks, and the logic behind it is just as ludicrous as you’d expect.

A conspiracy theory claiming that coronavirus vaccines can be passed – or “shed” – from an immunized person to an unvaccinated woman, then somehow affect their reproductive system, are spreading like wildfire on social media.

Yes, we’re just as confused as you.

The main concern behind the ridiculous theory is that the “shedding” will cause irregular menstruation, infertility, and miscarriages. The story was first highlighted by Vice.

While top medical experts agree it’s impossible for a person to transmit the vaccines to people, that hasn’t stopped conspiracy theorists from believing it. In fact, their terror has consumed them so much - they’re finally beginning to mask up and social distance.

Well, it’s about time.

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“There is something being passed from people who are shot up with this poison to others who have not gotten the shot,” said Larry Palevsky, a New York pediatrician and anti-vaxxer, during an anti-vax livestream. In addition, Palevsky also mentioned that individuals who’ve been vaccinated should “have a badge on their arms that say ‘I’ve been vaccinated even though it’s not a vaccine’ so that we know to avoid them on the street, to not go near them anywhere in society.”

During another anti-vax livestream, Sherri Tenpenny, an anti-vaxxer found spreading COVID-19 conspiracy theories, suggested anti-vaxxers might have to “stay away from somebody who’s had these shots … forever.” 

One poster on fringe site 4chan asked if they should wear a mask as a result of the ‘shedding’, while another raised the prospect of his family donning masks in a Twitter conversation.

“I am going to be watching these vaccine shedding stories like a hawk,” wrote another man on Twitter. “Is my family going to need to wear masks to protect ourselves from the vaccinated?”

Even though the conspiracy theory is baseless, that hasn’t stopped it from picking up immense steam. In April, a Gold Shop in Kelowna, British Columbia, received backlash when owners put up a sign saying vaccinated individuals were banned from entering the store, over concerns regarding vaccine shedding.

In addition, a private school in Miami also banned vaccinated teachers from interacting with unvaccinated students.