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Why COVID-19 Vaccination Is Crucial for People with Schizophrenia

Verywell Health

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In late January, schizophrenia was found to be a leading risk factor for COVID-19—not only for catching it but for dying from it too.1 It was second only to old age, surpassing other known risk factors such as lung disease.

In light of this, health professionals, patients, and activists have been calling to prioritize people with schizophrenia for COVID-19 vaccination.

"People with schizophrenia are two to three times more likely to die from COVID than the general population," Bethany Yeiser, BS, president of the CureSZ Foundation, an organization providing education about ...