A video of a woman fainting during an interview after she was administered COVID-19 vaccine is being widely shared online. In the background, we can see the logo of CHI Memorial, a US-based health service provider.

Twitter user @drsimonegold shared the video and wrote, “Nurse faints immediately after taking experimental Covid-19 vaccine. Rushed experimental biological agents like this should not be mandated upon anyone. Meaning airlines, employers, schools, nor the government can ever tell anyone else they must take an experimental vaccine!” It drew over one lakh views. (archived link)

Several Facebook users have shared the video along with a Hindi text that reads, “This nurse got COVID vaccine. While praising the vaccine at a press conference she passed out. Watch it for yourself. #FakePandemicFakeVaccine.” (archived link)

(Translated from: इस नर्स ने करुना का वैक्सीन लगवाया और मीडिया के सामने आकर वैक्सीन की तारीफ करने लगी कि यह बहुत अच्छा है और तारीफ करते करते ही इसका जय सियाराम हो गया!!! आप खुद देखिए वीडियो! #फर्जी_महामारी_फर्जी_वैक्सीन)

Twitter user @BahiaGringa tweeted (archived link), “FAINTING NURSE TIFFANY DOVER IS DEAD family members listed in this death record show up as her friends on FB!” along with two screenshots of search results – one on Facebook and the other on Search Quarry, a US-based public records website. As per the latter, two people by the name Tiffany Dover are dead. Several other Twitter users made this claim.

Claim 1: Nurse fainted after taking COVID-19 vaccine

Fact-check: Misleading

The viral video was published by Metro, a UK-based news platform. As per the report, US-based nurse manager Tiffany Dover who works at CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee fainted during a press conference after taking COVID vaccine. As per New York Post, Dover fainted seventeen minutes after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech jab on December 18.

According to Metro, Dover quickly rose to her feet and told the media that she has a medical condition that can sometimes cause her to faint. This interaction can be viewed on YouTube. US-based regional news channel WRCB Chattanooga posted the video.

At the 13-second mark, a reporter asks, “So I guess just talk to us a little about what just happened after passing out.” Dover replies, “I had a Syncopal episode. I have a history of having an overactive vagal response so with that if I have pain from anything — hangnail or my toe — I can just pass out. I get an aura before of feeling weak, dizzy, disoriented and it hit me all of the sudden… Just felt really diaphoretic and I could feel it coming. I felt a little disoriented. But I feel fine now. And the pain in my arm is very minimal actually. It doesn’t take much. [Reporter asks, are you fine now?] I feel fine now. You know, I have passed out probably six times in the past six weeks it’s common for me. [Reporter asks, do you regret taking the vaccine?] No (laughs) No…”

Additionally, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Fainting can happen after many types of vaccinations. Fainting can be triggered by many types of medical procedures. In fact, CDC has received reports of people fainting after nearly all vaccines… Because fainting usually has no lasting effects, it is hard to study using medical record-based systems. However, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) receives many reports of syncope each year, and many more are likely to go unreported.” Based on one Internet Archive snapshot of the website, Alt News can state this page was first available in September 2015  — five years before COVID-19 started.

Claim 2: Tiffany Dover died after taking COVID-19 vaccine

Fact-check: False

Since Dover fainted, she has recovered and publically stated she has no regrets taking the COVD19 vaccine. So what does the Search Quarry screenshot show?

Alt News visited Search Quarry and found this disclaimer at the bottom of the website, “Please be aware that the information obtained using SearchQuarry.com searches may not always be accurate and up to date as we do not create, verify, or guarantee the accuracy or the amount of information provided through our service. Data availability is largely dependent on various public sources from which the information is aggregated. SearchQuarry.com is not a consumer reporting agency as defined by Fair Credit Reporting Act and should not be used to determine an individual’s eligibility for personal credit or employment or to assess risk associated with any business transactions such as tenant screening.”

When we looked for the death record of Tiffany Dover in the US, we noticed that there were over 47 results. In fact, one of them was from Chattanooga. This result is an intermediary search which doesn’t help determine if the person is dead or alive. The death report was behind a paywall. Thus, the viral screenshot is not evidence of death.

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US-based nurse manager Tiffany Dover fainted 17 minutes after receiving COVID-19 vaccine. Shortly after, she publically clarified that she has a medical condition that causes her to faint and stated that she doesn’t regret taking the vaccine. Since then, several social media users have posted her video of passing out with false claims.

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Archit is a fact-checking journalist at Alt News since November 2019. Previously, he has worked as a producer at a TV news channel and as a reporter at a leading English-language daily. In addition to work experience in media, he has also worked as a fundraising and communication manager at an NGO.