A Tennessee nurse passed out on camera ten minutes after taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
Critical care nurse Tiffany Dover at CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga was having a lucid discussion with WRCBtv following her vaccination, when she became visibly impaired – holding her hand to her head and swaying. She then apologized to the news crew, turned away from the camera, and fainted.
“Ten minutes after the shot, Dover became light-headed and passed out while speaking with us,” the outlet reported.
Dover took the vaccine on camera beforehand (h/t).
She told WRCBtv that this is ‘not an uncommon reaction for her,’ explaining “I have a history of having an over-reactive vagal response, and so with that if I have pain from anything, hangnail or if I stub my toe, I can just pass out.”
The rest of the vaccinations reportedly went off without a hitch after the hospital received 975 doses.
The Vagal response occurs when the vagus nerve is stimulated, setting off a chain of events within the body involving the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system and the cardiovascular system.
If triggered, it causes an abrupt drop in blood pressure and a decreased heart rate, which can cause blood to pool in the legs – which in some cases can result in brief loss of consciousness known as vasovagal syncope.