February 23, 2022 — Mistakes during COVID-19 immunizations can lead to permanent, severe shoulder injuries.
Hundreds of people nationwide claim they were injured by COVID-19 vaccines that were administered too high on their shoulder.
“This was not the vaccine that did this. This was the administration of it,” said Jessi C., a nurse who said she knew immediately that her COVID-19 vaccine had been injected incorrectly into her shoulder joint instead of her deltoid muscle.
She said she felt a “crunch and a pop” and still suffers from debilitating “burning, radiating pain” in her shoulder.
The inflammation and chronic pain are symptoms of a condition called Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA).
In the past few years, thousands of people with SIRVA from vaccines have received compensation from the government — but the problem is that COVID-19 vaccines are not eligible for compensation through the program that has paid out more than $4 billion for other vaccines, called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
Instead, people who are injured by COVID-19 vaccines must go through a different program, called the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP). As of February 2022, there were 227 people who had filed CICP claims for SIRVA due to a COVID-19 vaccine — and none of them have been paid any compensation.