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Belief in COVID-19 vaccine misconceptions linked to depression

People with depression may be more likely to believe misconceptions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccine misconceptions linked to depression

People with depression are 2.2 times more likely to support at least one false statement about COVID-19 vaccines.


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Depressed people are more likely to believe vaccine lies

People who suffer from depression tend to view the world as dark and dangerous. This leads them to believe that vaccines are also dangerous- but they are not. More information can be found here.

Dr. Roy Perlis is associate chief of research in the psychiatry department at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is also the lead author on this study.

Perlis and his fellow researchers analyzed responses from over 15,400 adults in the US who completed an online survey. The participants first answered questions about their depression, followed by statements about COVID-19 vaccines.

Levels of depression are about three times higher than before the pandemic.

More than 2,800 of the participants completed another survey two months later. The results showed that people with depression in the first survey were two times more likely to endorse misinformation about the COVID vaccine.


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