Fact check: Nurse who fainted after COVID-19 vaccination is alive and well
The claim: a nurse who passed out on camera after receiving the coronavirus vaccine has died
Last week, Tiffany Dover - a nurse manager at Memorial Hospital for Catholic Health Initiatives in Chattanooga, Tennessee - passed out shortly after being vaccinated with COVID-19. She was in the middle of a television interview when she passed out.
Current clips spread around the internet, some with claims that the reaction is evidence that the vaccine is not safe. In reality, Dover has an underlying health condition that causes her to pass out when in pain, according to US TODAY.
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Even so, some Facebook users have claimed that Dover died.
Robbie Parker shared a photo of Dover and a screenshot of a website that claims to be providing death certificates.
"The nurse who received the COVID-19 vaccination on live television is now dead days after the vaccination," Parker wrote.
Shannon Haas posted a list of "Information We Know About Dover" on her Instagram, including a lack of recent activity.
"There are reports that Tiffany Dover is dead. She is the nurse who collapsed on live television when she was interviewed about the vaccine," Haas wrote.
Parker and Haas did not respond to requests from the US for comment TODAY.
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The CHI Memorial Hospital confirms that the nurse is fine
In reality, Tiffany Dover has recovered from the December 17th incident.
Shortly after she passed out, she spoke to WRCB Chattanooga and explained the health problem that frequently causes her to faint.
"I'm fine now and the pain in my arm is actually very little," she said.
Since then, the CHI Memorial Hospital has repeatedly confirmed that Dover is safe and sound. The hospital tweeted its first update on December 19.
"Sister Tiffany Dover appreciates the concern for her. She is at home and is fine. She requests privacy for her and her family," the report wrote.
On December 21, the hospital also shared a video from Dover and her colleagues showing some signs saying "Nursing Leadership Supports Tiffany" and "#CHIMemorialStrong".
We are happy that Tiffany Dover is fine. Here is a quick video of her today surrounded by her colleagues who all support her. pic.twitter.com/yGyzKvwn89
- CHI Memorial (@CHI_Memorial) December 21, 2020
Lisa McCluskey - the vice president of marketing communications at CHI Memorial - confirmed to the Associated Press that Dover is fine and will be working at the hospital on December 21st.
On December 23, Karen Long, another hospital spokeswoman, referred USA TODAY to her earlier statements.
"We appreciate the continued concern from the community and the media," Long wrote. "Our efforts must now focus on caring for an increasing number of people in our community who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 and vaccinating our carers and support staff."
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Our rating: wrong
Based on our research, the claim that a nurse who passed out on camera after receiving the coronavirus vaccine is FALSE. On December 17, Sister Tiffany Dover passed out after being shot because she frequently passed out from an underlying health problem. The hospital she works at confirmed Dover is safe and sound on December 19 and 21, including sharing a video of her and her colleagues.
Our fact-checking sources:
US TODAY, Dec 20, Fact Check: A nurse who passed out after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine has an underlying health condition
WRCB Chattanooga, December 18, intensive care nurse at the CHI Memorial, declares her fainting after the COVID-19 vaccine
CHI Memorial, December 19, tweet
CHI Memorial, December 21, tweet
Associated Press, Dec. 21, Claims that the Tennessee nurse died after receiving the vaccine are baseless
Statement emailed to Karen Long, spokeswoman for the CHI Memorial, December 23
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