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Impact of Covid Vaccination on Mental Health

  • 18 Dec 2023
  • 4 min read

For Prelims: Impact of Covid Vaccination on Mental Health, Mental Health, Covid-19, National Mental Health Programme (NMHP), Ayushman Bharat – Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWC), National Tele Mental Health Programme.

For Mains: Impact of Covid Vaccination on Mental Health, Status of Mental Healthcare in India, Government Initiatives Related to Mental Health, Population and associated issues.

Source: TH

Why in News?

Some studies have suggested a lower incidence of Mental Health issues among vaccinated individuals compared to the unvaccinated post-Covid-19 infection.

  • The additional risk of depression at 6 months following Covid-19 was 449 per 100,000 among vaccinated individuals, while it was 1009 per 100,000 among the unvaccinated.

How Severe was the Issue of Mental Health after Covid-19?

  • Anxiety and Depression:
    • Individuals who survived Covid-19 hospitalization faced persistent mental health challenges, including anxiety and depression, lasting at least a year post-recovery.
    • Long Covid, affecting about 5% of individuals regardless of its severity, overlaps with these mental health conditions, adding to the burden.
  • Increased Burden on Healthcare Systems:
    • The burden of mental health issues post-Covid-19 added strain to healthcare systems, requiring additional resources for diagnosis, treatment, and support for individuals facing these challenges.
  • Children and Vulnerable Groups Affected:
    • School closures, disrupted routines, and limited social interaction affected children's mental health, leading to increased anxiety and other psychological challenges.
    • Marginalized populations faced compounded challenges due to socioeconomic disparities, leading to increased mental health vulnerabilities.
  • Isolation and Grief Amplifying Mental Health Issues:
    • Social isolation, limited access to communication devices, domestic stress, and grief from the loss of friends and relatives to Covid-19 amplified mental health challenges, especially among vulnerable groups like the elderly.

What is the link Between Mental Health and Vaccination?

  • Reduction in Mental Health Challenges:
    • The reduction in mental health issues among vaccinated individuals was observed irrespective of whether they had a prior history of mental illness.
    • This suggests that vaccination's impact on mental health outcomes was independent of pre-existing conditions.
  • Reduced Anxiety:
    • Vaccination created a sense of safety and decreased anxiety among individuals.
    • Feeling protected against severe illness or death from Covid-19 contributed to lower levels of anxiety and stress associated with the pandemic.

What is the Status of Mental Health Illness in India?

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