Fact Check-Years-old video of school bus driver collapsing falsely linked to the COVID vaccine

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A video showing a school bus driver passing out and prompting a student to get behind the wheel dates to 2012 and is therefore not connected to COVID-19 vaccines, contrary to online claims.

Posts making these false claims are viewable (here) (here) (here).

“I’m guessing #VaccineSideEffects,” reads a quoted tweet where the original clip had garnered over 15.9 million views as of this article’s writing.

The surveillance video predates the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines by more than 8 years, however (here).

It dates to the morning of April 9, 2012. Media outlets, including CBS (here) and the Seattle Times (here) reported on the incident in Milton, Washington.

On April 12, 2012, NBC News affiliate reported that the driver, identified as Ryan Callis, had died (here). According to ABC7, paramedics said Callis had suffered a heart attack (

Reuters has previously debunked videos shared on social media showing people fainting that are unrelated to the COVID-19 vaccine and misrepresented online (here), (here), (here), (here).


Misleading. This video dates to 2012 and is not related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

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