According to a study published on Rheumatology, researchers discovered the COVID-19 vaccine might cause herpes infections as a side effect. Israel scientists reported six cases of people suffering from a skin rash known as herpes zoster—or shingles—after getting the Pfizer vaccine shot.

Herpes zoster begins as a thin, itchy skin rash that may lead to nerve damage if left unchecked.

Researchers from Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center and Haifa’s Carmel Medical found patients with autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases were more likely to get herpes.

Six people developed herpes zoster after receiving the Pfizer vaccine, Apr 21, 2021 (Screenshot / New York Post Youtube)

According to the report, the virus infectted six patients out of 491 vaccinated ones, or 1,2%. Those six are young and all had mild autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases, despite the fact that the infection is more common in people over 50.

Dr. Victoria Furer, lead reseacher, told the media it’s the reason why they reported on this After the first vaccine shot, five of those metioned got herpes zoster, the sixth one got it after the second. However, it’s also uncertain if the vaccine was to blame for the outbreaks of herpes zoster.

Furer further stated:

“We cannot say the vaccine is the cause at this point. We can say it might be a trigger in some patients. We should not scare people,” she said, adding, “The overall message is to get vaccinated. It is just important to be aware, according to Furer. Further study is required, and one implication may be that patients with autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases could be urged to get herpes zoster vaccines before receiving their COVID-19 shots.