Fact Check: Nurse Tiffany Dover Did NOT Vanish From Public Eye, Stay Silent After Fainting From COVID Vaccine In 2020

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Nurse Tiffany Dover Did NOT Vanish From Public Eye, Stay Silent After Fainting From COVID Vaccine In 2020 Speaks Out

Did nurse Tiffany Dover disappear from the public eye and stay silent after she fainted after receiving the first COVID-19 vaccine? No, that's not true: She has public social media accounts where she posted in the weeks after getting the shot, several times in 2021 and throughout 2023. Dover spoke publicly about fainting after the COVID vaccine in a video she posted on her Instagram and TikTok accounts on April 10, 2023, as well as an interview with NBC News on April 10, 2023.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) on Instagram on December 3, 2023. It opened:

A Nurse by the name of Tiffany Dover was one of the first people to receive the Horrid Quackscene. She collapsed for the whole world to see and yet the majority of humans still went and got it. She disappeared from the public eye. Probably paid off to remain silent

This is what the post looked like on Instagram at the time of writing:

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(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Tues Dec 3 18:24:07 2023 UTC)

As Lead Stories previously reported, Dover fainted after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID vaccine on December 17, 2020, due to a "medical condition." The incident was broadcast live on local news and livestreamed on Facebook. While she was not active on social media for several years, she did give a widely covered interview in April 2023 and has maintained publicly available social media accounts with multiple posts in 2023, all of which took place months before the December 2023 Instagram post making the claim.

Dover posted on her Instagram account in February 2021, two months after receiving the shot, with pictures from a ski trip:

In March 2023 Dover posted a 36-second video to her Instagram and TikTok accounts (archived here) where she said she knew it had been a "really long time" but wanted people to know she was "alive" and promoted her 2023 appearance on the podcast "Tiffany Dover is Dead":

@tiffanypontesdover Sharing my story 🖤 Check it out on an additional episode of the podcast Tiffany Dover is Dead* #tiffanydoverisdead #tiffanydover #sharingmystory ♬ original sound - Tiffany Dover

Dover also gave her first interview since fainting after receiving the shot to NBC News (archived here) in an article published on April 10, 2023. Video about the interview was posted on the NBC News YouTube channel (archived here) on the same day:

Dover said in the article that she was instructed by her employer, CHI Memorial Hospital, to not speak to the media or post on her social media account. Dover also said that she was reprimanded by the hospital for her 2021 social media posts. However, she told NBC News she left the hospital prior to the 2023 interview.

A Google search (archived here) for keywords "tiffany dover vaccine" on December 5, 2023, returned multiple news stories about Dover, including about her April interview.

Other Lead Stories fact checks about Tiffany Dover can be found here and about COVID-19 can be found here.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

Read more about or contact Alexis Tereszcuk

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