A nurse from CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee Tiffany Dover fainting after a few minutes of receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. But one doctor has assured the public that this reaction is normal.
The nurse, Tiffany Dover, of CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was one of the first front-line workers in Hamilton County to receive the vaccine, WTVC NewsChannel 9 reported.
But about 15 minutes later, Dover reported feeling dizzy and passed out shortly afterward, with a doctor standing behind catching him as he fell.
The nurse quickly recovered and was able to stand up and talk to the reporters present at the hospital.
“Suddenly it hit me, I could feel it coming. I felt a little confused but I feel fine now, and the pain in my arm is gone,” Dover told WTVC.
The reaction was not due to the vaccine ingredient
CHI Memorial Hospital doctors said the reaction was not related to an ingredient in the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which has been authorized for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration.
The nurse told reporters that she has a condition that often makes her pass out when experiencing pain. As a result, Dover admitted that he was not surprised that he passed out after receiving the vaccine.
“I have a history of having an overly reactive vagal response, and with that if I experience pain from something – hangnails or if my toes are dead – I can pass out,” Dover told WRCB Channel 3. Offers a
Vagal response is an automatic response in the body. which occurs due to stimulation of the vagus nerve, which travels from the brain through the face and chest to the abdomen. Nerves can be stimulated by several triggers, including pain.
When this happens, a person can suddenly experience various symptoms, such as dizziness, fainting, or nausea.
Doctors at the hospital said this kind of reaction is common after people receive the vaccine.
“This is a reaction that can occur very frequently with any vaccine or injection,” said Dr. Jesse Tucker, Medical Director of critical care medicine at CHI Memorial, told WTVC. “There’s no reason to think it was any vaccine.”