Canadian TV reporter suffers medical emergency live on-air, has to later deny connection to COVID-19 vaccine

  • 10/01/2023
She has received "an overwhelming amount of harassment and hatred" since the live TV moment.
She has received "an overwhelming amount of harassment and hatred" since the live TV moment. Photo credit: CTV Edmonton.

A Canadian television reporter who suffered a medical emergency live on-air has had to deny her "very personal and vulnerable moment" has anything to do with the COVID-19 vaccine after receiving "an overwhelming amount of harassment and hatred".

Jessica Robb was reporting live on CTV Edmonton on Sunday when she began to mix up her words. She then told the news programme host she wasn't feeling very well. As the host wraps up the segment, Robb stumbles, appearing to be on the verge of falling over.

A tweet later shared by CTV Edmonton said Robb is "feeling better and is now resting".

A subsequent tweet contained a statement from Robb about the television moment that she said "has been shared thousands of times, along with baseless theories about the cause".

She thanked people for supportive well wishes, but also addressed the negative messages she has received "tied to false theories about the reason for the incident".

Robb said she wouldn't be sharing her private medical information publicly, but there is "no cause for concern and that my understanding of my own medical background provides a reasonable explanation for what happened".

"I can, however, confirm that the situation was in no way related to the COVID-19 vaccine."

While COVID-19 vaccines can lead to some minor side effects, like a short-term headache or pain around the injection site, more serious illnesses are very rare.

Nearly 12 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in New Zealand, with 90 percent of people aged 12 and over having received their primary course.