"It was a momentous day in Hamilton County....." First frontline workers in Chattanooga get COVID-19 vaccine Thursday
It wasn't so momentous for Nurse Tiffany Dover of CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who passed out on camera at the dog and pony show put on by her medical center. I could see her distress before she opened her mouth. She staggered to the microphone. The video is all over Facebook and elsewhere. It's on our Facebook page too.
What really struck me, and what I hope that I can bring to you as a unique perspective, is that while she stumbled to the microphone, NONE OF THE MEN AROUND HER came to her aid or stopped her from going forward. Such is war. ONWARD VACCINATION SOLDIERS! They had a job to do after all, to make this press conference a full tribute to Pfizer.
I noticed her distress in one second. She wobbled like the Weebles my little brother loved in the 1970s. Did you notice it too? Imagine the callous disregard of those around her. She is a 30 year old mother of two children. I would have run to her to help in that moment.
Ask the leadership of CHI how they feel about endangering this young Mother.
Go ahead and run a Google search for the cmi medical center vaccine press conference and see if you can find anything. Scrubbed cleaner than my kitchen sink.
The next day, she told media that she sometimes faints when in great pain. Not sure how that became the smart cover story. First of all, she was cheerful and followed the script well until she had to mumble, "sorry," (in the photo shown, that's what she was saying). And second if the product causes so much pain that you pass out, well, that's not exactly a roaring endorsement. But endorse Nurse Dover did. Before, during and after.