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The Tennessee nurse who famously fainted on camera after getting her COVID-19 vaccine in December is not dead — but try telling that to legions of doubters on social media.
Condolences have poured in from around the world mourning the passing of 30-year-old mother of two Tiffany Dover — even though she is alive and well, a fact that her family and Chattanooga hospital have publicly repeated, although not with a lot of luck.
The culprit behind the persistent misinformation campaign appears to be anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists in general.
“I’m honestly disgusted with people right now,’’ Dover’s sister-in-law recently wrote on Instagram, according to the Daily Beast. “TIFFANY IS ALIVE AND FINE.’’
But that hasn’t stop some non-believers from musing that photos showing Dover’s hair part in different places might somehow prove she’s dead.
One doubter even started up a Facebook page titled, “Where is Tiffany Dover?’’ It currently has 5,400 members.
“This group is simply to get confirmation that Tiffany Dover is safe. All we ask is for concrete proof that she is alive and well,” the page says.
Nurse Manager Tiffany Dover getting the COVID-19 vaccine on December 18, 2020.WTVC NewsChannel 9
Dover fainted on camera in mid-December after getting a Pfizer shot in her arm as part of a pro-COVID-19 immunization effort by CHI Memorial Hospital.
The nurse later told local TV that it is not uncommon for her to pass out when she feels pain.
But still, rumors that she died have swirled to the point where her hospital was forced to publicly try to put them to bed — twice.
It tweeted Dec. 18 that she was “home and doing well,’’ the Daily Beast said, then three days later, released video of the nurse at the hospital with other staffers holding signs with the day’s date.
C-H-I Memorial says a nurse who fainted after receiving a Covid vaccine is doing well.
The hospital posted a video on Facebook today, showing members of the hospital staff surrounding Tiffany Dover. pic.twitter.com/fSf5uui8Zx
— Josh Roe NC9 (@joshroe) December 22, 2020
A rep with the Chattanooga Police Department told the Daily Beast that its own social-media sites have been peppered with requests asking if the agency is probing whether Dover is dead.
“The police department isn’t involved in this at all because there’s no crime, no death, no nothing,” the spokeswoman said.