A teacher is suing the health authorities over a permanent shoulder debility that she claims she is suffering from as a result of the COVID-19 vaccine administered to her in 2021, the Times of Malta reported.
The 38-year-old woman is suing the Health Minister, the Superintendent of Public Health, the director general of Health Services, and the chief government medical officer.
She is arguing that back in March two years ago, the woman was given the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in her left shoulder at the University of Malta vaccination centre and immediately, she started to feel pain.
The pain spread through her arm, down to her hand and it continued to persist. She instantly complained of excessive pain that she had never experienced in previous inoculations.
A month following her vaccination, her family doctor certified that the pain resulted from complications triggered by the inoculation. The doctor further instructed her not to drive.
The pain was relentless so she had to make several visits to Mater Dei Hospital and underwent several MRI scans. In April, she was referred to an orthopedic specialist by the consultant neurologist. The specialist suspected that she was suffering from the condition Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA).
A month later, the second vaccine came rolling in and her jab was administered to her right arm. She experienced no pain or complications.
The teacher is arguing that it is clear that with the proper, careful, and diligent administration of the initial vaccine, the debility she is suffering could have been avoided.
Meanwhile, an orthopedic surgeon fortified her argument by confirming that the patient was given the first inoculation at an entry point close to the acromion on the lateral side of her left shoulder.
The specialist said that she complained of excessive pain that she had not experienced in previous vaccinations and that it did not resolve. After a few days, she even started to experience spasms in her left shoulder, the specialist informed.
Consequently, the woman has suffered a loss of work, overtime, and income, as well as incurring expenses and other material losses.
Due to the permanence of her condition, she will also have to face recurrent expenses to cover future medical care and assistance – all due to negligence, her lawyer is arguing.
The application was filed in the First Hall, Civil Court, since the respondents had failed to settle the damages claimed in her judicial protest, filed two years ago. The woman is now requesting the court to declare the respondents solely responsible for her debility and to liquidate damages payable by them.
Lovin Malta has reached out to the Health Ministry and is currently awaiting a response.
Did you experience any debilities as a result of the administration of the COVID-19 jab?