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Title: Should people with severe mental illness be prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccination?
Authors: Yang, Y
Li, W
Zhang, Q
Zhang, L
Cheung, T 
Ng, CH
Xiang, YT
Issue Date: 2021
Source: International journal of biological sciences, 2021, v. 17, no. 6, p. 1443-1445
Abstract: 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.
Keywords: COVID-19
Severe mental illness
Publisher: Ivyspring International Publisher
Journal: International journal of biological sciences 
EISSN: 1449-2288
DOI: 10.7150/ijbs.57750
Rights: © The author(s). This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( See for full terms and conditions.
The following publication Yang Y, Li W, Zhang Q, Zhang L, Cheung T, Ng CH, Xiang YT. Should people with severe mental illness be prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccination?. Int J Biol Sci 2021; 17(6):1443-1445 is available at
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