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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1443-1445
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Biological Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Severe mental illness
  • Vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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