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- Tiffany Dover is alive.
NBC News reporter Brandy Zadrozny recently published a report that should have put to rest unfounded claims that Tiffany Dover, a nurse who fainted after getting her first COVID-19 vaccine dose in December 2020 in Tennessee, had died.
"Tiffany Dover is alive," Zadrozny wrote. "Sitting across from Tiffany at her kitchen table, this is obvious. She breathes in and out. She gestures with her hands. She laughs generously."
Dover withdrew from the public eye after fainting on camera. She stopped posting on her social media accounts and gave no interviews. She told Zadrozny that the hospital directed her not to post online or take outside calls. But that silence seemed to fuel the flames of a conspiracy theory that the COVID-19 vaccine had killed her.
Now that Dover is newly back online, and in the news, some people are still claiming that she’s dead and that the person who appears in her social media posts isn’t her but a dupe.
Comments on the post range from "this woman doesn’t look like her at all" to "Lol after people have been looking for her for years, she’s coming out of the blue?! Please."
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Dover has lightened her hair since she fainted in 2020. It’s now blond rather than dark brown. But a trip to the salon does not amount to a conspiracy theory. Her bright blue eyes are the same color as they were in 2020. And back then, the hospital where she was employed repeatedly responded to rumors of her death and later confirmed to PolitiFact that she was, indeed, alive.
"Hey guys, I know it’s been a really long time and I don’t even know where to begin, but I guess I could start with: I’m alive," Dover says in the TikTok video that’s drawing claims that she’s not who she says she is.
Those claims are baseless. We rate them Pants on Fire!
Instagram post, April 10, 2023
PolitiFact, There’s still no evidence a Tennessee nurse who fainted after getting the vaccine is dead, Oct. 20, 2021
Tiffany Dover Instagram post, April 10, 2023
Tiffany Dover TikTok post, April 20, 2023
NBC News, Conspiracy theorists made Tiffany Dover into an anti-vaccine icon. She’s finally ready to talk about it, April 10, 2023
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