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William D King on How COVID-19 Vaccine Potentially Benefits Mental Illness

William D King

The COVID-19 pandemic harmed people’s lives and health across the globe. As the social and economic chaos caused by this pandemic is destructive says, William D King. And this pandemic widespread brought an immense increase in psychological distress cases. Challenges faced due to this pandemic may cause strong emotions at times. Thus the direct and immediate impact of this pandemic is the loss of mental healthcare.

How pandemic changed the landscape of the society as per William D King

Pandemic has affected various aspects of inhabitant’s lives. This comprises their occupation, medical risks, and possibilities to socialize, which affect their psychological health. Besides that, without employment, in this lockdown majority of people are vulnerable. The lack of social protection leads to mental illness concerns and suicidal thoughts.

As per some studies, a person’s economic issues affect more on mental health. While in comparison, their health and social issues have fewer adverse effects.

Here we concentrate on the direct effects of vaccination on psychological health. By evaluating established graph pattern change over period in mental health is noticeable. However, The only factor making a difference is the COVID-19 vaccination.  COVID-19 vaccine dose reduces healthcare risks and improves social and economic outcomes. It has the potency to benefit mental health. 

How the study took place?

A recent US study on the COVID -19 vaccination drive happened to analyze vaccinated people from the US. Moreover, A review of around 8000 vaccinated and not vaccinated people happened between 2020-21 March. Participants answered a questionnaire of four questions that analyzed their mental illness. This was to review the existing relationship between mental illness and also vaccination status.

Results of the study

By analysis, William D King found that vaccinated people reported dropped mental illness. This happened after receiving 1st dose of the COVID- 19 vaccine.

Yet, the psychological illness includes depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. But the one who recently got vaccinated becomes more socially active. This decreases their chance of mental illness, and they start getting more employment. Thus this combination of mechanisms positively affects mental health.

The vaccination drive of COVID-19 is happening at the mass level. Thus this increases immunity and, even though awareness, reduces stress and anxiety level. People are returning to their pre-covid lifestyle. This is one of the important factors which help in reducing the level of stress and anxiety.


The short-term impact of vaccination is positive as it decreases the level of mental illness.

Hence the vaccination effects are heterogeneous as per the direct effects. Trajectory analysis shows a downfall in the graph of people getting vaccination hesitancy. People who get anxious about getting vaccinated have a better chance. They can decrease this by getting vaccinated. Willingness to get vaccinated is increasing and is one of the important factors. Thus decreases mental illness levels.

There is an indirect proportionality between mental illness and getting a vaccination. Vaccinated people heal more from mental illness than non-vaccinated people. Also as the globe shed from this mental illness, it will at some extent recover from pandemic too.