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Fainting after COVID-19 vaccinations a common occurrence, officials say

Happens with other vaccinations, too: 'This is nothing to be concerned about'

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- More Central Oregonians are getting their vaccines -- and more are fainting after they do. But officials say it's not uncommon, and nothing to be concerned about. 

Morgan Emerson, spokeswoman for Deschutes County Health Services, said there are similarities among the people fainting.

"We've seen that with younger adults and people who are coming for their vaccine that haven't eaten or been very well hydrated,” Emerson said Friday. 

Emerson said a small percentage of people fainting after getting any vaccine is completely normal.

"This is nothing to be concerned about,” Emerson said. “We're not seeing anything more than what we typically expect."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ays fainting after a vaccine is most common with adolescents and is most often reported after HPV, meningitis and tetanus injections.

The CDC states, "Because the ingredients of these three vaccines are different, yet fainting is seen with all of them, scientists think that fainting is due to the vaccination process and not to the vaccines themselves."

Emerson had a similar response, when asked if any particular dose or manufacturer caused people to faint. 

"We know that with vaccines and injections, fainting is a common occurrence, and we haven't seen an increase with any specific manufacturer."

Anne Kilty, a nurse practitioner with Deschutes County Health Services, said fainting is relatively common, but they are prepared for everything at the mass vaccination clinic.

"At the mass vaccine clinic, we are fully staffed with a variety of medical providers, and we're ready for a number of medical situations,” Kilty said. 

Emerson said most of the people who have fainted at the fairgrounds reported that they had not had anything to eat or drink before.

"We encourage anyone who's coming to get their vaccine to stay hydrated, eat a full meal beforehand -- and tell someone if you don't feel well,” Emerson said. 

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  1. “Comments are closed.” What’s the deal Mr. Moderator? Are your Paymasters afraid of some poor Indians living in Warm Springs? Call it for what it is! More suppression of our identities by colonizing terrorists!

      1. The FDA has not approved this shot! Why are you not posting my comments? Look it up and prove me wrong! It’s in the third stage of clinical trials!

          1. It is in no way “wordsmithing.” Emergency use authorization and approval are 2 complete different things and for you to try and say they are the same is outright misinformation. There is a reason they are different tracks and if you understand the process you would know that.

              1. “You are free to call the CDC liars.”… For the record- Kate Brown does not follow the advice or recommendations of the CDC- is she calling them liars ?

                1. So if they follow the CDC recommendations as you say then why is the mask mandate still in place for people who received their vaccine. They do not follow the CDC guidelines, in fact they selectively choose which ones they will follow and which ones they will not.

                1. Yes, yes, it’s not ‘formal approval,’ the paperwork we all got when we got the vaccine makes that clear. But it is a legal and allowed use of the vaccine that went through the very public EUA process. Still very much worth getting, as people around the world know.

          2. Emergency authorization is not approval. Stage 3 trials were skipped (basically, that is being done on the public) as were animal trials. And, cases are spiking with the vaccinations, explain that. Why, if the vaccine is so effective, is Fauci (and others) warning of a 4th surge?

              1. “Misinformation”? Like when the current vp and p stated they would not get a vaccine that the last admin had rushed through the process? Gee, I wonder why people would be hesitant? You should also research what has happened to every other potential coronavirus vaccine in around year 8-10 in the animal trials. Not misinformation, just not information a large chunk of the population wants to hear, nor many reporters want to actually report on.

  2. Unbelievable propaganda! KTVZ don’t you ever get ashamed of being ignorant puppets? What is really in these fake vaccines that causes people to faint and even die? Instead of regurgitating agenda driven fake news why not actually start doing some investigative reporting? You do know what that is right?

    1. As we all know, the fake vaccines contain 5G microchips so that once injected into your body Zuckerberg can track your every move and Q can whisper into your head and make you do crazy things like storm the capitol.

    2. Why is it that the “you must comply with police orders” people are the same ones who don’t want to follow mask wearing rules? Fun fact: If all you trump cult members took the shot (Like he and Melonia did, btw) then all those restaurants and gyms and bars would be able to open up again, but republicans don’t really care about any of that.

    1. And did you thank President Trump for going the extra mile to produce your magical elixir within the ten month time frame that he promised- a time frame that your liberal hacks scoffed at- an attempt at an historical world class first time development of a vaccine to save the planet- one that started with President Trump setting in motion and laying down the guidelines to open up and remove every stinking blockade Obama and Biden had previously placed on business to hamper and resist America’s ability to make this happen… and then have Kamala Harris and Joke Biden actually bad mouth Trump’s efforts… is that what your “relief” is all about… President Trump’s brilliance- leadership and fore-sight… Go ahead- thank the Orange anus for your happiness… cause Gawd knows Biden has tried to muck it up !

      1. If only trump once went the extra mile so many lives could’ve been saved. At least Biden is a real leader getting hundreds of millions of shots in arms after the failure of trump to out any distribution system in place. Wonder if you can ever see the truth?

        1. The number of deaths under the Biden administration are piling up twice as fast as under President Trump- that holds true for Oregon as well- as it took Joe Biden 2 months to reach a death toll that took President Trump seven… the data from the OHA don’t lie ! Trump’s vaccine (that Biden first criticized- but now tries to take credit for) will go down in history as one of the greatest Presidential responses to a global pandemic “ever”… it sure as hell wasn’t Obama- and it aint gonna be Joe and Hunter ! Now- you all out in Doosh County Bend Oregon- get back in your homes- stay home stay safe- go broke… China Joe and Kovid Kate have plenty of room on their plantation of misery and fear !

          1. “I am not going to stop talking to him merely because he pays no attention. I like hearing myself talk. It is one of my greatest pleasures. I often have long conversations all by myself, and I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” Oscar Wilde…….or posting…..

        1. Aside from some rather lame attempt at a personal attack… what exactly do you find debatable ? Lemme guess- it’s not what you learned from CNN or Z21 ??? Gee- go figure !

      2. i did not read one word of your rant, but glad you spent the time responding instead of torturing puppies or whatever you you for fun in real life

      3. Many who voted for, respected, admired and wanted a second term for President Trump are cautious about getting the shots and one of the main reasons is the shots being DICTATED and/or mandated to get them. GET THEM OR ELSE. It WAS President Trump who did way beyond that ANY OTHER President had ever done in getting the vaccination research and process started SO QUICKLY and then making them available FREE to all Americans, yet “THE LEFT” and Plugs Biden want to take all the credit. It cracks me up how the extremely fearful, mask-demanding people who can’t wait to get their shots are mostly made up of those who HATED President Trump and who voted for Biden. Hate Trump and can’t wait to reap the benefits of his strength and wisdom and love of Americans. Twisted.

        1. You’re right, this actually highlights a difference between Democrats and republicans, in that we will take a 94% effective miracle drug even if it was paid for with American taxpayer money allocated by a complete idiot, and republicans wont take a drug that will make it so American businesses can open up and lives will be saved because they don’t wanna be told what to do.

          Fine. Let’s say your guy did some amazing job getting vaccines invented between rounds of golf. After everything we’ve all been through in this collective trauma of the last year, and businesses still limping because we can’t get to herd immunity, and over a half million Americans dying literally gasping for air as they suffocate, you’re not going to take a modern medical miracle drug that is 94% effective and painless and free because you don’t want someone telling you what to do? How amazingly republican of you. But yeah, you love America until someone tells you you have to take a free shot to save your family and neighbors from a global pandemic, and then America can go to he77. Twisted.

  3. Lol, I knew the conspiracy theorists would be out on this one. Y’all come up with the best satire! Many of you should write for The Onion, because no one can really believe your comments, you are joking, correct?

  4. Fainting common, dying less so.
    The ages of those dying are much lower than those dying of the ***** flu naturally so the cure is more deadly than the disease.
    Nope, you can keep your vaccine, not interested.

    1. Well when you sign up for the vaccine you do sign paperwork acknowledging you are aware of the risk that there may be side effects, so no, doubt there will not be lawsuits.

    2. The federal government has granted companies like Pfizer and Moderna immunity from liability if something unintentionally goes wrong with their vaccines.

      “It is very rare for a blanket immunity law to be passed,” said Rogge Dunn, a Dallas labor and employment attorney. “Pharmaceutical companies typically aren’t offered much liability protection under the law.“

      You also can’t sue the Food and Drug Administration for authorizing a vaccine for emergency use, nor can you hold your employer accountable if they mandate inoculation as a condition of employment.

  5. The CDC has reported this week that 2,794 deaths have been reported to VAERS as of April 5, 2021, following injections of the three COVID-19 injections.

    The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a U.S. Government funded database that tracks injuries and deaths caused by vaccines.

    To put this into some perspective, there were a total of 345 deaths recorded in VAERS following vaccines for all of 2020.

    From 2010 through the end of 2020, an entire decade spanning 11 years, there were a total of 2,588 deaths recorded following vaccines.

    So deaths following vaccines during the first three months of 2021 have now exceeded total deaths for the past 11 years.

    1. Thanks – interesting data for sure. I am old – not vaccinated and not going to get vaccinated. I have friends who were made extremely ill from the shot(s) and one who had a stroke within 24 hours of getting her shot and she was a very healthy lady. No thanks – no vaccination. I will take my chances.

    2. You guys please don’t get your medical information from Facebook like this guy does. Please talk to your doctor about any concerns you might have. These conspiracy theory people can sound knowledgeable, but their ‘facts’ buckle in direct sunlight.

      Since I expect it from others, here’s an article from a reputable news source refuting everything this guy just said. But please, don’t take my word for it, do your own research and call your Doctor.

  6. “Objective journalistic standards”, now that’s a hoot. Everyone one of us has out opinions colored by out presuppositions, even you Barney.

    1. Totally agree. None of us are robots – reporters, critics, supporters. Standards area goal, not an absolute. Editorial judgment calls have been made since journalism began. But in today’s Blame Society, it’s a way to dismiss any facts/information you don’t agree with, and to buy into the “our side is good and holy, the other side is the devil and wants to destroy us all.” It used to be most folks realized that wasn’t true and worked to solve problems in the “messy middle,” with respect for those they disagree with, fully aware of the devilish details, the tradeoffs, the lack of perfect simple solutions to tough problems. That exists, but social media rarely finds those folks. They know better than to raise their head and get it shot off from one or both directions. Sad and scary.

      1. “today’s Blame Society”… is a by-product of divisive politics that went from simple public rhetoric to hard felt personal attacks on daily lives. I remember a time when our politicians talked a lot but rarely punished the citizens for their non-support. That “ALL” changed under Obama- the first President that I can remember who actually interfered with my ability to make a living- conduct business- decide on my own health care- afford gasoline ! This is a far cry from Jimmy Carter’s incompetence- what Americans are up against today are politicians trying to dictate our daily lives- often times in direct violation to the US Constitution… and as I’ve said- this will not end well.

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