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A large multi-state electronic health record-based study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) VISION Network has found that COVID-19 vaccines are as effective for adults with anxiety or depression or mood disorders as for individuals without these common diagnoses. This is one of the first studies to evaluate COVID-19 mRNA vaccine effectiveness for those living with mental illness.

While vaccination provided similar protection regardless of psychiatric diagnosis (none, one or multiple conditions), in contrast, unvaccinated adults with any of these conditions had a higher rate of hospitalization for COVID-19 – a marker for severe disease – than did those without a psychiatric diagnosis.

Both these findings held true whether two, three or four vaccinations were received and for ages 18-49, 50-64 and 65 and older.

The article explores the misconception that mental illness may diminish the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. Research indicates that mental health conditions do not compromise the immune response generated by COVID-19 vaccines, debunking the notion that individuals with mental illness might have reduced vaccine efficacy.

Studies have shown that COVID-19 vaccines elicit robust immune responses in individuals with mental health disorders, similar to those without such conditions. Factors such as age, sex, and underlying health conditions play more significant roles in vaccine response variability than mental illness.

This finding underscores the importance of ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all individuals, including those with mental health concerns. Vaccination remains a critical tool in controlling the spread of the virus and protecting vulnerable populations.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction or mental health issues, seeking support is essential. Contact at 855-339-1112 to connect with professionals who can provide assistance, guidance, and resources tailored to your needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help in navigating these challenges and accessing the support you deserve.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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