Link Between COVID-19 Vaccination and Skin Autoimmune Disorders: Peer-Reviewed German Study

Researchers have found evidence linking the SARS-CoV-2 vaccination to the onset or worsening of inflammatory and autoimmune skin diseases, according to a new study published in the Journal of the German Society of Dermatology.

The study, led by Philipps-University Marburg doctors Julia Hinterseher, Michael Hertl, and Dario Didona, conducted a comprehensive meta-analysis of the existing literature on the onset or worsening of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases following SARS-CoV-2 vaccination.

“Our meta-analysis highlights a link between SARS-CoV-2 vaccination and new onset or worsening of inflammatory and autoimmune skin diseases,” the authors stated.

The diseases analyzed in the study included bullous pemphigoid, pemphigus vulgaris, systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, lichen planus, and leukocytoclastic vasculitis.

Severity and response to treatment varied among the reported cases.

Aiming to reduce bias, the researchers focused on new-onset or worsening diseases that occurred up to 21 days following the vaccination.

They suggest that this will decrease the likelihood of identifying diagnoses or disease exacerbations that would have occurred independently of vaccination.

“In summary, there is suggestive evidence that new onset or worsening of autoimmune skin disease is associated with SARS-CoV-2 vaccination,” the authors confirmed.

They cited cases from their dermatology department where patients exhibited significant worsening or new onset of autoimmune disease following their COVID vaccination.

The authors also noted that the number of de novo or relapsing autoimmune skin diseases is higher for mRNA-based vaccines such as Pfizer’s and Moderna’s formulations, but that this could be due to the fact that mRNA vaccines have been used more frequently than other vaccines.

However, despite these adverse side effects being linked to the COVID jab, the authors did not advise avoiding vaccination.

“Since vaccination saves many lives worldwide and induction or worsening of autoimmune disease is rarely observed, there is no reason to avoid vaccinations,” they claimed.

Although the study authors claim no ethical bias in drawing the above conclusion, it should be noted that Philipps-University Marburg and Pfizer have extensively collaborated on vaccine research and development, raising questions about potential conflicts of interest.

One notable individual who has played a significant role in Pfizer’s vaccine research and development unit is Kathrin U. Jansen.

Dr. Jansen holds a doctoral degree in microbiology, biochemistry, and genetics, which she earned from Philipps-University Marburg.

Throughout her career, she has been leading Pfizer’s efforts in vaccine research and development.

Jansen, who announced her retirement in April 2022, led Pfizer’s collaboration with BioNTech to develop a COVID vaccine, according to Stat News. She was also a key figure in efforts at Merck to develop the HPV vaccine Gardasil.

Moreover, Philipps-University Marburg’s research laboratory actively participated in the research and development of coronavirus vaccines, working in collaboration with Pfizer.

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A Freedom of Information Act (FIOA) request was submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for information relating to Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine in 2021.

As a result, the FDA released safety information that Pfizer had accumulated about their vaccine.

“Pfizer had documented over 1200 pathologic adverse diagnoses associated with their Pfizer COVID shot,” explains Dr. Richard Bartlett, who was appointed to then-Governor Rick Perry’s Texas Health Disparities Taskforce. “Pfizer documented over 25 pathologic skin disorders associated with the Pfizer COVID shot.”

Among those disorders were “acquired epidermolysis bullosa, acute cutaneous lupus erythematosus, autoimmune dermatitis, cutaneous vasculitis, cutaneous sarcoidosis, dermatomyositis, dermatitis bullous, dermatitis herpetiformis, eczema herpeticum, erythema multiforme, erythema nodosum, lichen planus, nodular vasculitis, neutrophilic granulomatous dermatitis, scleroderma, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, ulcerative keratitis, urticaria,” according to Dr. Bartlett.

However, the 30-year Texas physician noted these represent only “some of the diagnoses” Pfizer listed associated with their shot.

“Pfizer also listed 36 autoimmune disorders associated with the Pfizer COVID shot,” Bartlett added. “Have these potential risks been disclosed to the public? Are these potential side effects included in commercials pushing a COVID shot? Do the American people have a right to informed consent?”