Tiffany Lashae Pontes Dover, 30, fainted after volunteering to get the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine from Pfizer live on television. She recovered shortly after and said she was fine but many Americans are worried now about the rumors claiming that she has died.
Pfizer is based in New York, United States. Having received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the pharmaceutical corporation was allowed to start distributing its vaccine in the U.S. on December 11, 2020.
Dover lives in Higdon, Alabama, USA with her husband and their two children. She works as a nurse manager at the Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.
On December 17, 2020, Dover was one of the first CHI Memorial Hospital staff members to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Standing at the podium, she spoke to the media about what getting the vaccine means to her and her medical unit.
“It’s really… I’m sorry,” Dover said. “I’m feeling really dizzy. I’m sorry…”
The nurse put her hand to her head then started to walk away from the podium. When she slumped to the floor, her colleagues quickly came to her aid.
Minutes later, Dover recovered and talked to the media again. It turns out she has a condition called Vasovagal Syncope.
“It just hit me all of the sudden,” News Channel 9 quoted Dover as saying. “I could feel it coming on. I felt a little disoriented but I feel fine now and the pain in my arm is gone.”
A website registers Dover as a dead person but its legitimacy is in question. On the other hand, her social media accounts neither confirm nor deny the rumors about her death despite the slew of comments asking about her condition.
CHI Memorial Hospital has released a statement claiming that Dover is at home recovering. Still, she herself has yet to release a statement or a post on social media to address the rumors about her death.
(This is a developing story. The confirmation about her status will be added here as soon as we receive an official statement from the family.)