Journal article

Should people with severe mental illness be prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccination?

Yuan Yang, Wen Li, Qinge Zhang, Ling Zhang, Teris Cheung, Chee H Ng, Yu-Tao Xiang

International Journal of Biological Sciences | Published : 2021

Abstract

The coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) has spread throughout the world, affecting many vulnerable populations including patients with severe mental illness (SMI). Recent studies have found that patients with SMI compared to the general population could have a greater risk of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 due to cognitive impairment, poor awareness of risk, and difficulties in complying with infection control measures. Although some researchers have suggested that patients with SMI should be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination to reduce the risk of infection, this issue remains controversial.

University of Melbourne Researchers