‘Excited’ nurse faints on live TV minutes after receiving coronavirus vaccine

A nurse giving a press briefing about how "excited" she was to get the coronavirus vaccine dramatically fainted on live TV.

Tiffany Dover, a nurse manager at CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, US, was one of the first staff members to receive a Covid-19 vaccination yesterday, December 17.

In the clip, she tells reporters: "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."

She then appeared to become confused, saying: "And I know that it’s really … Sorry, I’m feeling really dizzy."

Nurse Tiffany then swoons and faints, with two doctors standing nearby rushing to catch her and break the fall.

Luckily, she did have an allergic reaction and it transpired she has a medical condition that causes her to faint when she feels pain.

Although she didn’t feel pain at the injection site at first, Tiffany said she suddenly became aware of it in the middle of the press briefing.

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This caused her to collapse approximately 17 minutes after having the jab.

She later recalled: "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."

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can cause pain at the injection site but serious reactions are believed to only be likely to affect people with serious food allergies.

Fainting is usually caused by fear of needles (trypanophobia) and the NHS reports that dizziness and nausea are fairly common after being vaccinated.

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