A nurse fainted during a live TV broadcast minutes after being given a newly approved coronavirus vaccine at a US hospital.
Nurse manager Tiffany Dover had been giving a press briefing from CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, about her team being among the first to be given the COVID-19 vaccinations.
Ms Dover was happily answering questions when she suddenly started trailing off.
“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,” Ms Dover said.
“And I know that it’s really … Sorry, I’m feeling really dizzy,” she continued.
About 17 minutes after being given the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine Ms Dover collapsed as she was grabbed by two doctors who were standing nearby her, according to the Washington Times.
She later recovered, saying she has a condition that causes her to faint when she feels pain.
“It just hit me all of a sudden, I could feel it coming on,” she said.
“I felt a little disoriented but I feel fine now, and the pain in my arm is gone.”
Pain at the injection site is considered a common side effect of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it’s received reports of people fainting “after nearly all vaccines”.
The CDC reports fainting is most commonly reported in adolescents receiving the HPV, MCV4 and Tdap vaccines.
It says because the ingredients of these vaccines are all different, scientists believe the fainting is likely “due to the vaccination process and not to the vaccines themselves”.
Social media was also alight as five nurses received public injections at the University Medical Centre in El Paso, Texas on Thursday.
A report from CBS4 claimed one of the nurses “did not receive the COVID-19 vaccine”, saying footage showed the plunger of the needle had not been depressed.
The University Medical Centre later offered a statement, saying the nurse had been “vaccinated again” and they wanted to remove any public doubt the nurse had not received a dose of the vaccine.
“After numerous reports emerged on social media claiming one of the five nurses receiving a vaccination on Tuesday did not receive a full dose of vaccine, we want to remove any doubt raised that he was not fully vaccinated and further strengthen confidence in the vaccination process,” the Centre said in a statement.
“The nurse in question today was vaccinated again. UMC has confirmed with the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that re-vaccinating the nurse will not cause adverse effects.
“The nurse will need to return after three weeks to receive his second dose.”