Seventeen minutes after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech injection vaccine for coronavirus Nurse Manager Tiffany Dover collapsed on the floor after passing out.
The incident was recorded during a live TV broadcast, where Dover had been giving a press briefing from CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee about her team being among the first to be given the COVID-19 vaccinations. Dover was one of the first five people to receive the vaccine which has a reported 95% success rate.
‘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 started off enthusiastically. ‘And I know that it’s really… Sorry, I’m feeling really dizzy,’ she faltered as one of the doctors behind her caught her as she fainted.
Doctors said the fainting episode was not connected to the ingredients in the vaccine. Dover also later confirmed that she has a condition where she often faints when she feels pain. ‘It just hit me all of a sudden, I could feel it coming on. I felt a little disorientated, but I feel fine now, and the pain in my arm is gone, she said after recovering.
Medical Director of critical care medicine, Dr. Jesse Tucker told WTVC reporters that vaccines can cause that kind of reaction in some people.