WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Tennessee nurse fainted at a press conference minutes after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine shot.
- Tiffany Dover was talking to reporters on Thursday when she started to feel dizzy, apologized, then fainted.
- The nurse manager at CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga told reporters she has a condition that often causes her to faint whenever she feels pain.
A Tennessee nurse, one of the first five people to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga on Thursday, passed out on live TV about 17 minutes after she received the shot.
Nurse manager Tiffany Dover was talking to reporters during a press conference when she started feeling dizzy. She lifted her hand to her head, apologized to the reporters and passed out, according to WTVC-9.
“All of my staff, you know, we are excited to get the vaccine. We are in the COVID unit, so therefore, you know, my team will be getting first chances to get the vaccine,” Dover said during the press briefing
“And I know that it’s really … Sorry, I’m feeling really dizzy,” she continued.
The doctors behind her caught her as she fainted.
“It just hit me all of a sudden, I could feel it coming on. I felt a little disoriented, but I feel fine now, and the pain in my arm is gone,” Dover said after she recovered.
Doctors assured the public that the incident was not related to the ingredients in the Covid vaccine.
Dover told the news outlet that she has a condition where she has dizzy spells when she experiences pain.
“I have a history of having an over-reactive vagal response, and so with that if I have pain from anything—hangnail or if I stub my toe—I can just pass out,” Dover told WRCB Channel 3.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clarified that fainting may occur after various types of vaccinations and medical procedures – but the usual culprit is either pain or anxiety.
The video became viral on social media on Friday, with some users commenting that they would not get the vaccine. Some even claim that it was dangerous.