A nurse at CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee fainted during a news conference shortly after getting the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on Thursday.
Nurse Manager Tiffany Dover was standing at the podium speaking to the media about what getting the vaccine means to her and her medical unit when she interrupted her response to say: “I’m sorry, I’m feeling really dizzy.”
Dover put her hand to her head, apologized again, started to walk away from the podium and then slumped to the floor. Cameras captured physicians and medical professionals coming to Dover’s aid.
“It is a reaction that can happen very frequently with any vaccine or shot," Medical Director of CHI Memorial’s Critical Care Unit, Dr. Jesse Tucker, told CNN affiliate WTVC, adding that there was no reason to suspect that it was due to the vaccine.
Minutes after fainting, Dover was able to get back up on her feet and talk to the media again, WTVC reported. Dover told reporters that she has a medical condition that can sometimes cause her to faint, saying “it’s common for me.”