Fact check: nurse fainting after COVID-19 vaccine, no evidence of possible mass murder

Social media users have shared reports showing a video of a nurse fainting after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, claiming that if one continues to take the vaccine, it will become a ‘mass murder’. This claim is false: the nurse in the video confirmed that she has a condition in which she faints when she experiences pain, and that the vaccine has been tested by safety.

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The reports (here, here) show a video of a nurse talking in a TV interview after receiving the vaccine: she talks about how excited she was to get the vaccine, and then says that she feels dizzy and faint. The headline of the report says: ‘Watch this nurse die out after receiving the COVID vaccine. It’s so safe, isn ‘t it? It will become a mass murder if people continue to follow these rabid dictators. ”

Tiffany Dover, a nurse manager at the Catholic Health Initiative (CHI) Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee (here), fainted after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, as seen in this video by local news agencies WTVC- TV NewsChannel 9 here and WRCBtv 3 here.

After recovering, she told WTVC-TV NewsChannel 9: ‘It just hit me, I feel like it’s going on. I felt a little disoriented, but now I feel good, and the pain in my arm is gone ”(here).

Dover said she has a medical condition where she often faints when experiencing pain, as can be seen in this WRCBtv 3 video on the 2 minutes 17 seconds here and in another video here.

A CHI Memorial spokesman confirmed by email to Reuters that the nurse had recovered quickly after the incident.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledges on its website that it is not uncommon for people to faint after vaccinations. It is said that although there is no definitive answer as to why this happens, “scientists believe that fainting is due to the vaccination process and not to the vaccines themselves” (here).

There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine was designed to cause harm. On December 11, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first authorization for emergency use so that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine could be distributed in the United States, after concluding that the benefits outweighed the known and potential risks (here, here). The FDA has evaluated and analyzed safety data from clinical trials conducted with more than 43,000 participants and the manufacturing information submitted by Pfizer-BioNTech (here).

The CDC explains that clinical trials are evaluating the evaluation of COVID-19 vaccines in many thousands of study participants to generate scientific data for the FDA to determine how safe the vaccine candidates are, and that the safety of the vaccine will continue to be monitored. after the vaccines have been approved for use: “The US vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety is a top priority while federal partners work to make a coronavirus disease vaccine (COVID-19) available. ”(Here, here)

According to the FDA, the most commonly reported side effects of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are injection site pain, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, chills, joint pain, and fever (here).

Some people have experienced allergic reactions to the vaccine, and consequently the FDA said that while most Americans with allergies should be safe to receive the vaccine, people who have previously had severe allergic reactions to vaccines or ingredients in this vaccine should avoid . to get the chance (here).

Reuters recently dropped other false claims related to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (here, here, here).


Untrue. There is no evidence that the vaccine is designed to cause harm: the nurse manager, who tends to faint when experiencing pain, recovers; the FDA approved the vaccine after analyzing safety data from clinical trials involving more than 43,000 participants.

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