Sumary of Getting Your First COVID Shot Can Boost Mental Health: Study:
- 10, 2021 — When you got your first COVID-19 jab, did you breathe a sigh of relief?
- U.S. adults who got the vaccine between December 2020 and March 2021 experienced a 4% reduction in their risk of being mildly depressed and a 15% drop in their risk of severe depression, researchers reported Sept.
- “People who got vaccinated experienced a reduction in mental distress, suggesting that the relief of reduced health risk translates into a reduction in stress,” said lead researcher Francisco Perez-Arce, a Washington, D.
- For this study, Perez-Arce and his colleagues surveyed participants in the Understanding America Study, an ongoing look at more than 8,000 adults across the nation.
- Researchers found people who hadn’t been vaccinated by March tended to have higher levels of anxiety and depression than those who got the shot in the first waves of vaccine distribution.
- In fact, the levels started to diverge, with people who hadn’t been vaccinated getting more anxious and those with at least one dose feeling more relief, results showed.
- However, it’s important to note that the vaccine-prompted relief found in this study was among people at greater risk for contracting COVID or succumbing to serious illness or death.
- This includes people who were very willing or people who had more perceived risks,” Perez-Arce said.