KEY POINTS

  • Huddlestone got to know about the wrong vaccination only when she went in for the second shot 
  • The woman's customer records show she was indeed given a meningitis shot 
  • Huddleston has filed a complaint with the North Carolina Pharmacy Board

A North Carolina woman has claimed that she was given a meningitis shot when she went in for COVID-19 vaccination at her neighborhood CVS Pharmacy.

Cintia Huddleston, a careworker from Raleigh, said she was apprehensive about getting vaccinated against the virus but her work left her with little option, ABC 11 reported.

"They told me it was mandatory for me to keep working, and if I didn't get it, I would have had to stop working," Huddleston told the news outlet. 

So, on Aug. 5, Huddleston went to the CVS Pharmacy on Wake Forest Road in Raleigh to get the COVID-19 vaccine. "I asked the lady for a COVID shot, and me and her, we sat there, [and] we talked at the counter," she told WRAL."We talked about COVID and Moderna and Pfizer [vaccines]." 

Huddleston then decided to opt for the Moderna vaccine and got her “first shot.” She also informed her boss that she received her first dose of the two-dose regimen.

Over a month later, on Sept. 8, when Huddleston returned to get her second jab she was informed that she did not get her COVID-19 vaccination on Aug. 5.

"I said, 'yes I did' and I pointed at the lady who gave it to me and she said 'no, you got meningitis.' I said, 'why would she give me a meningitis shot? I didn't ask for that,'" Huddleston was quoted as saying by ABC 11. "Then she came over and me and my fiancé were standing there talking to her and she said, 'I thought you said you wanted meningitis.'"

The customer records show that Huddleston was indeed given a meningitis shot instead of a COVID-19 vaccine jab.

"Yeah, they gave me a paper. I am sure it probably said meningitis, but I didn't read over it," said Huddleston. She claims the shot later caused her severe back pain, after which she ended up in urgent care.

Following the incident, Huddleston filed a complaint with the North Carolina Pharmacy Board, which launched an investigation into the incident.

According to the CVS officials, the woman was "administered the correct vaccination that the patient requested and signed for." In a statement, they said they have offered to provide her with two doses of coronavirus vaccine and answer any questions she might have.

"Moderna and meningitis doesn't (sic) sound the same," said Huddleston, who got her first Moderna dose at a Walgreens pharmacy this week.

As of Sept. 16, North Carolina reported 1,322,587 COVID-19 cases and 15,520 deaths, according to the state’s department of health.

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