Bed-Stuy woman who got jabbed with possibly used needle when getting COVID-19 vaccine files lawsuit

A Bed-Stuy woman who went to get for her COVID-19 vaccine at a Rite Aid is filing a lawsuit against the pharmacy out of worries that she was jabbed with what may have been a used needle.

News 12 Staff

Aug 7, 2021, 3:08 AM

Updated 989 days ago

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A Bed-Stuy woman who went to get for her COVID-19 vaccine at a Rite Aid is filing a lawsuit against the pharmacy out of worries that she was jabbed with what may have been a used needle.
The 29-year-old Bed-Stuy woman who wishes to remain anonymous headed to her Fulton Street Rite Aid on July 27 with hopes of getting her COVID-19 vaccine.
"The pharmacist called me to the back to get my vaccine, so she stuck me with a needle and then she said, 'oh the needle was empty, I'm going to have to stick you again," she recalls.
She says she wasn't too concerned and thought the pharmacist knew what she was doing. After receiving the actual vaccine, she headed home.
"And I received a phone call maybe about three hours later, basically telling me to come back because they weren't sure if the needle was actually empty or if it was used on another person," she says.
The news frightened her.
"My first thought was something's wrong with me, I don't know what is in my body now. I was shocked like. It's crazy," she says.
The woman says all she's received so far from Rite Aid is a script telling her to go to CityMD and undergo testing for hepatitis B and C as well as HIV.
Now she's on prep medication in case those results come back positive.
"So prep is basically HIV medication and it's making me nauseous, like my stomach hurts, my head is hurting," she says.
She also has to undergo extensive blood work for the next six months to ensure she didn't contract any infections.
Her attorney, Scott Rynecki, says he has written a letter to Rite Aid but has received no response yet.
"They're failing to realize the incredible psychological trauma and physical and emotional impact that this has on this young lady," Rynecki says.
The attorney and his client are now going after damages.
"I've been practicing for 33 years, and this is one of the worst cases of negligence I've ever seen," Rynecki says.
His client says she's sharing her story with hopes that Rite Aid reviews their vaccination procedures.
News 12 reached out to Rite Aid to learn more about how they're handling the incident but has not heard back.


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