Will You Be a Second-Class Citizen?

May 13, 2021
Category: Right To kNOw

Autoimmune patients face increased danger with COVID vaccines and the threat of discrimination if they choose not to get vaccinated. Join Our International Campaign!

“Have you been vaccinated?” That question could determine whether you can get into restaurants, movie theaters, schools, workplaces, shopping centers, airports—even neighbors’ homes. This unfairly discriminates against those who have a legitimate medical concern that prevents them from getting vaccinated. A newly released white paper (see executive summary here) from our friends at ANH International lays out the evidence showing that tens of millions of people with autoimmune conditions—or with a genetic predisposition to autoimmunity—are at increased risk for serious illness from COVID vaccines. The US government refuses to recognize these dangers. We’re launching an international campaign to allow these patients to refuse a medical procedure that puts them in harm’s way without relegating them to the status of second-class citizens.

Autoimmune diseases, a group of more than 80 debilitating, chronic illnesses, are estimated to affect nearly 10 percent of the US population. These disorders are characterized by a loss of the body’s self-tolerance mechanism in which the immune system reacts to the host’s own cells. Some of the most common types of autoimmune diseases are type 1 diabetes, Hashimoto’s, lupus, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.

Development of autoimmune disease requires 1) a genetic predisposition and 2) an environmental trigger such as diet, toxic chemical exposure, or an infection.

In August 2020, a paper was released from one of the most published authors on autoimmunity warning that COVID vaccines could act as the environmental trigger for autoimmune disease. The authors pointed out that there are 26 common peptides between the COVID spike protein and the human genome. COVID vaccines work by giving our cells instructions for making parts of the COVID virus’ spike protein. COVID infection and COVID vaccination could serve, the authors argue, as the basis for molecular mimicry—when the immune system of immunocompromised individuals (like those with autoimmune disease) cannot distinguish between the virus and harmless cells, attacking both.

In August 2020 those fears were theoretical. When reports of autoimmune-related, life threatening blood clotting events in the brain started appearing in Europe, then the US, those fears were confirmed. These events were dubbed “vaccine-induced prothrombotic immune thrombocytopenia” (VIPIT) and are thought to be the result of an aberrant immune response to the vaccine.

Attention has focused on the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, but there is also a risk of the blood clots from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, since these vaccines also work by telling the body how to make the COVID spike protein. European health authorities recently announced that, of the more than 300 cases of the blood clots worldwide, 25 occurred with the Pfizer vaccine and five with the Moderna vaccine.

Now health authorities are investigating links between the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine and Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), another autoimmune condition. GBS has also been linked with the flu vaccine. Given that, in the case of the blood clots, autoimmunity can develop days to weeks after vaccination, current reports could just be the tip of the iceberg; we may start to see the prevalence of autoimmunity after COVID vaccination increases.

These serious adverse events are a clear signal that COVID vaccination is more dangerous for autoimmune patients. Yet US and international health authorities refuse to warn patients about any increased risk. This is unnecessarily putting lives at risk.

Note too that basic tenets of informed consent are not being met. Informed consent, both ethically and legally, requires that patients be informed by their doctors of the risks and benefits of a medical procedure, as well as alternatives. With COVID vaccines, all many patients get is a fact sheet explaining some of the common adverse events in the fine print. In fact, when the Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met to discuss whether to lift the “pause” on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine following the reports of blood clotting, four of the 14 members voted not to lift the pause on the basis that patients would not be adequately informed about the risks of these events. Their concerns were ignored, and the pause was lifted.

It’s perfectly rational for autoimmune patients to refuse COVID vaccines, but our society is making this an impossible choice. There are (as yet) no government mandates for COVID vaccines, but we’re increasingly seeing private institutions and businesses confer privileges to those who are vaccinated. Churches, synagogues, and all kinds of community groups could also start to require proof of vaccination for participation.

We’re already seeing how this can play out. In Israel, for example, the government issues “green passes” allowing access to social, cultural, sporting events, gyms, restaurants, etc., to individuals who have either recovered from COVID or have had the vaccine. Green passes must be renewed every six months.

There is precedence for protecting certain patients from vaccines. For example, the CDC says that pregnant women, people over 50, children under 2 years of age, and people with weakened immune systems, among others, should not receive the nasal flu vaccine. There is an entire list of contraindications to most approved vaccines. Patients with autoimmunity or at risk for autoimmunity should similarly be excluded from COVID vaccine recommendations.

Too often, the vaccination issue is simplified into black and white, pro or anti. There must be room for a critical analysis of the evidence and common-sense recommendations based on that evidence. We must protect vulnerable patients from preventable harm.

Join our new campaign and take a stand for those with an autoimmune disease:

  • Take Action! Write to the FDA and CDC, telling them to 1) change their current guidelines to warn autoimmune patients or those at risk for autoimmune disease against receiving the COVID vaccine, and 2) include a contraindication for autoimmune patients for COVID vaccines that receive emergency use authorization or full FDA approval. Please send your message immediately.
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23 responses to “Will You Be a Second-Class Citizen?”

  1. Lauren says:

    Please change your current guidelines to warn autoimmune patients about the COVID-19 shot that helps you from getting sick

    • D says:

      My understanding is that the shot dampens symptoms and does not prevent the disease.

    • MJ says:

      Thank you! There are more reasons for someone with autoimmune issues to get vaccinated than to not. I am more at risk if I had not gotten the vaccine.

      • Jeffrey Ellenberger says:

        Covid is 99.8% survivable. Ivermectin, zinc and vitamin D are very effective treatments. Since even the short term results from the MRNA shot are unknown it is far safer for anyone to shun the vax. 8,000 deaths so far in USA and Europe. Stay safe.

  2. Krissttina Isobe says:

    I understand how some may feel, not everyone can be vaccinated for covid-19. I’m one, Dr. Fauci warned on the news, don’t get vaccinated for covid-19, because I’ve adverse effects from flu shots. I’ve posted on twitter too about it. I hope the world, knows, not everyone can be vaccinated because they can’t & not don’t want to be vaccinated.
    Thank you,
    Krissttina Isobe

  3. Susan Mullins says:

    My 72 year old and still working sister-in-law died two days after the second Pfizer vaccine. The only thing wrong with her was that she and her sister both had endometriosis so bad; they had to adopt children. That implies vascular issues which might placed her in danger from blood clots. Due to her clutching an ice pack when she died, both my brother and the doctor agreed she had a heart attack – but vascular is also a “heat” related issue.

    There was no autopsy done, and my brother discovered almost a month later that the doctor wrote on the report that she had been followed for heart disease for FIVE YEARS! My brother was quite angry at the complete lie, but the doctor refused to change it. THERE MUST BE MORE ADEQUATE INFORMATION ON THE DANGERS OF THE COVID VACCINE!

    Also, I have EBV so badly that any time I must take an antibiotic; I must go to the ICU. This should not be a life sentence of exclusion when the only option is putting my life at certain risk. PEOPLE AT RISK MUST BE EXCUSED AND NOT TARGETED!!!

  4. David says:

    I’ll simply wear a yellow star so people know I refuse to comply with the global human experiments taking place. No thanks.

  5. Ty Stephens says:

    Forced/coerced vaccination and vaccine passports are a dangerous precedent. A frightening prospect.

  6. Elaine Woodriff says:

    I am not signing/sending this letter because it singles out only autoimmune people. I feel that due to that, there could be an implication that people who are not autoimmune are liable for taking the vaccines.

  7. Nicole Moreau says:

    j’ai une maladie auto-immune, la maladie coeliaque. ce serait dangereux pour moi d’être vaccinée, de plus, je relève d’une chimiothérapie pour un cancer opéré en mars 2020

  8. Golfer Gal says:

    Is it not a violation of HIPPA regulations to ask someone if they have been vaccinated? Is not our medical information private?

  9. Barb E says:

    I have Type 1 diabetes and never take any vaccine. I have not been sick with so much as a sniffle since I stopped taking the flu vaccine 15 years ago. Before that when I was getting the yearly vaccines I would get the flu 2-3 times a year, colds, stuffy nose, sore throats. So I would never even think of getting an experimental vaccine. Why is it that my husband cannot talk to MY doctor about MY healthcare unless I sign a release for him to do so, yet, private businesses like sporting events, grocery stores, cruises, restaurants, etc. are able to ask via vaccine passport what my health status is? Why is that THEY can tell me I have to get a vaccine when my own doctor can’t force me to get one? They are not my healthcare team so they have NO business telling me that I have to get a vaccine in order to use their business. Isn’t that against HIPPA, Americans With Disabilities, The Constitution, and the Nuremburg Code? Why isn’t anyone addressing that issue? Are those businesses practicing medicine without a license by telling me I have to be vaccinated? This insanity must end.

  10. Deborah says:

    I have Hasamoto’s, Vitiligo and a blood clot gene.

  11. Joanne Schmidt says:

    I am not “refusing” the shot but I am declining it just like I would decline the offer of a cigarette or I would decline anything that isn’t in my best interest. The word refuse makes me sound rebellious and combative and allows others to call me a conspiracy theorist / Anti vaxr. I realize it doesn’t matter because it is such a media driven “campaign” that those who choose to get the shot can not seem to hear that many have valid reasons to choose not to. Choice is the issue and I stand strong in my right to choose.

  12. David says:

    Will You Be a Second-Class Citizen? — Breaking news! If you are a U S citizen, you already are second class.

    Get immunized against this non-sense, become an American State Citizen. It will provide much better protection than writing the CDC.

  13. People with autoimmune diseases deserve to know about the effect that this shot can have on them. Please make this information public.

  14. Donna says:

    Thank you so much for this article and all the work you do. I struggle with lowered immunity and cannot take the vaccine. I hope you’re able to spread this information far and wide and get the government and CDC’s attention and help those in authority and the American people understand that not everyone can take the vaccine.

  15. Debbie Smuder says:

    Great info. I will contact my local representatives. I am GBS survivor, have AB blood type, have had clots in my legs, and lungs, nodules in my lungs despite having the F5 factor determining that I don’t have a propensity for developing clots. I’m also allergic to a lot of medications. There is no way I would be convinced to take a flu or Covid shot. It would be horrible to be denied because I can’t take the shot. Or, to be forced to take the shot and suffer the consequences.

  16. Barbara Hancock says:

    I will not be forced to have anything injected into my body!

  17. zortilonrel says:

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch since I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

  18. Steve Mitz says:

    Only in a Godless/ sinful dumb-down educated, groupthink world would one take un-tested experiential [Josef Mengela style] health advice from the number *one [or number *three] privet, for profit, industrial medical complex! [Fact] *According to Dr. Gary Null’s fact based book, “Death by Medicine, OR the Johns Hopkin’s iatrogenic study! [Fact] I.E. your FDA AMA CDC WHO [cough] “medicine” delivers real DEATH and untold misery to over 900,000 or 260,000 each and every year (depending on who you believe) Look it up!!! Also look up Romans 6:27,” For the wages of sin is DEATH, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Can you tell the difference between Lib’s and Dem’s “free stuff gifts” and Jesus Christ’s free gifts? Most can’t! [Fact]

  19. Steve Mitz says:

    @Krissttina; Can you understand medicine is using humans like lab rats to test experimental coved drugs? That sickness was outlawed under the Genevie convention! Experiments Carried Out by Nazi Physicians during World War II have now resurfaced under the pretext of, “For the good of the people”. I.E. “Nothing new under the sun” I.E. apposing views like this are verboten under Godless P.C. groupthink cabals!

  20. Hillary Adrian Han says:

    You mention at the beginning here that this is an international campaign. As I live in Southeast Asia, where foreigners have no rights, please suggest possible channels where people like me, who are over 70 and who are extremely sensitive to artificial chemicals, including, the dangerous ingredients in each of the experimental vaccines, can go to be exempt. I have been looking for over a year in order to be prepared when the vaccine rollout takes place soon, and have not found anywhere.

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