Jennifer Gates, a medical student, made a joke about the microchip conspiracy about her dad
Bill Gates’ daughter, Jennifer Gates, is a medical student who recently received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Like many people who have received the vaccine, she shared a photo of her post-shot — but hers was a little…different compared to her vaccinated counterparts. Because her dad has been at the center of one of the most inexplicable conspiracy theories perpetuated by COVID deniers since the onset of the pandemic.
In case you’ve been living under a (very logical, very pro-science) rock since last March, here’s the gist: QAnon followers and other people who have been denying the severity of COVID-19 and are also against the COVID-19 vaccine believe that Bill Gates is behind a secret government plan to control everyone who gets the vaccine via microchip implantation. Yes, yes, eyeroll forever, but these kooks will be what prevents us from achieving herd immunity so unfortunately, we all have to accept that some people truly believe this to be true.
In the vaccine photo, posted to the younger Gates’ Instagram account, she’s masked up and joyfully holding her “I got vaccinated” sticker. But the caption is what really brings things home, as she made a very self-aware joke about her dad and The Microchip™.
“It’s been over a year since the SarsCOV2 variant emerged, and we now have more solutions, including immunizations, to help protect individuals and communities,” Jennifer writes. “I am beyond privileged to receive my first dose of mRNA to teach my cells to amount a protective immune response to this virus. As a medical student and aspiring physician, I am grateful it will give me protection and safety for my future practice.”
She urges everyone to remain informed about the importance of the vaccine and to get it when everyone’s time comes. “The more people who get immunized, the safer our communities are for everyone,” she writes.
She goes on to thank doctors, scientists, public health experts, pharmacists, and everyone else involved in modern medicine who helped to make the vaccine achievement possible: “Our healthcare workers have been working tirelessly to save as many lives as possible, and this vaccine will only increase their ability to succeed.”
At the end of her post, she makes a little joke as a nod to the rampant, wild conspiracy theories about her father. Honestly, how weird would that be? As a medical student and as his daughter, to hear that people truly believe that your dad somehow developed a microchip tiny enough to fit through the eye of a needle and also is somehow forcing medical professionals and pharmaceutical organizations to implant said microscopic microchip into citizens’ arms to track them even though said citizens have a whole ass iPhone that just…does that anyway…is really, really something to process. For all of us, sure, but definitely for Jennifer. Whew.
“P.S. I’ll still be wearing my mask (or two!) after receiving my second dose — hope that’s self-explanatory, and if it’s not lmk if I can provide resources,” she concludes the post. “P.P.S. sadly the vaccine did NOT implant my genius father into my brain – if only mRNA had that power…..!”