Nurse Tiffany Dover was among the first nurses in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to receive the vaccine.
She was giving an interview to local news outlet News Channel 9 when she suddenly started feeling unwell.
‘It’s really… I’m sorry I’m feeling really dizzy. I’m sorry…’ she said before dropping to the ground while two colleagues rushed to catch her.
Nurse Tiffany Dover was among the first nurses in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to receive the vaccine on Thursday
Dover was giving an interview to a local news outlet when she started to feel dizzy
As she stepped away from the microphone, Dover collapsed. Two colleagues rushed to her aid
She then recovered and her colleagues insisted it had nothing to do with the vaccine.
‘It is a reaction that can happen very frequently with any vaccine or shot,’ said Dr. Jesse Tucker, Medical Director of critical care medicine at CHI Memorial, who also received the vaccine.
On Friday morning, Vice President Mike Pence received the shot as did Surgeon General Jerome Adams.
President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have also received the vaccine, and the country’s most senior medics say it is safe.
There remains though a huge amount of skepticism surrounding the vaccine.
Many fear not enough research has been done into the long term side effects or safety.
There is no data about how safe the vaccine is for children under the age of 16 nor is there information about how long it provides immunity.
Two British healthcare workers who were among the first in the world to receive the vaccine when it became available went into anaphylactic shock afterwards.
They both recovered afterwards.
Pfizer’s vaccine is the only one in the world that has been approved. Moderna’s is still being reviewed, as is AstraZeneca’s.
Polls vary about how many Americans are willing to take the vaccine.
A recent ABC News poll said as many as 80 percent were but 44 percent wanted to wait until they knew more about it.
That’s higher than most other polls which say up to 40 percent of Americans are suspicious of it and unwilling to take it.
VACCINE SIDE EFFECTS
Allergic reactions to the vaccine are:
Very common (Likely to affect more than one in ten people)
- Pain at injection site
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
Common (Likely to affect up to one in ten people)
- Injection site swelling
- Redness at injection site
Uncommon (May affect one in 100 people)
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Feeling unwell