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What the COVID vaccines mean for our mental health

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, explains that in addition to keeping you healthy, the COVID vaccines also provide peace of mind.

I don’t think we’ve had enough attention as a community on how much COVID has affected us. We talk a lot about how it affects our physical bodies, but not as much about how it affects our spirit, our mental health, our sense of wellbeing. And I think for communities like ours, that look like me, who has faced enormous losses of adults and beloved caregivers and grandparents and children, we have experienced that burden on our mental health more than any other. And so, I think for our communities in particular, having access to something that can help us curtail what has been honestly just devastation in our communities is so important and can sometimes be that salve to what has really been a burden upon our mental wellbeing. And so, I do think for some people getting the COVID vaccine actually helps with the mental health strain that we’ve had from all of the losses that we’ve experienced during the pandemic.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

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