Flu and COVID-19 Vaccine Shoulder Injury Investigation

Migliaccio & Rathod is currently investigating walk-in clinics based on consumer reports that their pharmacy technicians are inadequately trained to administer vaccination shots – such as for the flu and COVID-19 vaccines – resulting in shoulder injuries. Walk-in clinics often provide consumers with critical public health services including rapid and affordable vaccinations. Nevertheless, they should ensure that their technicians are adequately trained.

A Should Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) references an injury to the shoulder and upper arm resulting from improper vaccine administration. SIRVA is most often reported as a side effect from the flu shot and includes symptoms such as:

  • Muscle pain
  • Impaired mobility
  • Damage to the rotator cuff
  • Radial nerve injury

These injuries may be the result of improper needle length or incorrect injection site placement, as in too high or low on the arm. Injury as a result of vaccination can be avoided in most cases through simple proper vaccination technique by well- trained individuals.

Clinics have been sued before for such injuries. For example, a case filed in October 2020 against a CVS Pharmacy in a district court in Pennsylvania on the grounds of negligent administration of the Pneumovax 23 vaccine. The plaintiff felt shoulder pain only hours after vaccination and was advised by CVS that Tylenol and ice would remedy the pain. Instead, he was admitted into the Emergency Department and underwent a surgical procedure meant to remove collected pus in his right shoulder, at which point he learned of “a massive rotator cuff tear.” Medical experts link this injury to those sometimes experienced after ill-administered vaccinations. Therefore, the suit contends that the plaintiff suffered physical pain, suffering, and financial burden from medical bills all because of a “right shoulder injury by administering the Pneumovax 23 vaccine in an improper location.” A similar case was filed against another CVS Pharmacy in New Jersey on the grounds of improper administration of the Shingles vaccination.

Our firm seeks to hold these retail clinics accountable as a result of injuries linked to poorly administered vaccinations. This investigation of vaccine injection injuries includes, but is not limited to, walk-in retail clinics such as:

  • CVS MinuteClinic
  • Walgreens
  • Sam’s Club
  • RiteAid
  • Target
  • Albertsons
  • Costco
  • Walmart
  • Meijer
  • HyVee
  • Giant (also known as Food Lion or Stop & Shop)
  • Kroger
  • Wegmans
  • Safeway

NOTE: This investigation is NOT open to potential cases that attempt to connect vaccine injections with autism; the focus is on shoulder injuries due to a technician’s poor training, NOT the efficacy of vaccines.

Additionally, this is a nationwide investigation, although we are especially seeking to hear from those affected in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Illinois, and California.

Have you experienced serious and prolonged shoulder pain after receiving a vaccine shot from a walk-in, retail, or pharmacy clinic? If so, you may be eligible to join this lawsuit investigation and potentially seek vaccine injury compensation.

Please visit this investigation page for more information. Please complete the questionnaire below so that we may better evaluate your claims.

The lawyers at Migliaccio & Rathod LLP have years of experience in class action litigation against large corporations, including in cases involving consumer protection. More information about our current cases and investigations is available on our blog. For any other inquiries or questions, complete the contact form on this page, send us an email at [email protected], or give us a call at (202) 470-3520.

News Updates:

Biden Administration Seeks More Doses Plus Help to Inject

January 25, 2021~ The Biden Administration has amped up vaccination efforts by increasing available vaccine doses, but has simultaneously discovered a deficiency in trained personnel to administer the now available vaccines. In states including New York, some governors are loosening guidelines for individuals qualified to administer vaccines. A handful of states have pulled healthcare workers out of retirement and enlisted students in training for healthcare careers. The article calls for proper, up to date training to be provided for all those volunteer vaccine technicians to avoid SIRVAs.

February 5, 2021~ Pharmacy students from the University of Southern California administered COVID-19 vaccinations to Los Angeles healthcare workers. Unfortunately, without proper training, at least one vaccinated individual experienced a SIRVA which he described as “excruciating pain like a knife going through my shoulder.” An injury as a result of improper placement of the needle, avoidable with proper training of technicians.