WEDNESDAY, May 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) – People with schizophrenia are not vaccinated against COVID-19 compared to age and gender controls in Israel, according to a research letter published online on May 18 and World Psychiatry.
Dana Tzur Bitan, Ph.D., of Ariel University in Israel, examined COVID-19 vaccination among a total of 50,240 cases: 25,120 patients with schizophrenia and 25,120 controls by age and gender. The data were obtained from the databases of the Clalit Health Service in Israel.
Bitan found that, compared to the control group, the odds of receiving vaccines were significantly lower in the schizophrenia group (probability of 0.80). In the 16 to 21 subsample, no significant differences were observed. As age increased, the differences between the two groups were deeper: probability ratios, 0.90, 0.83, and 0.61 for subsamples 21 to 40, 40 to 60, and 60 years and older. , respectively. In both men and women, the chances of getting vaccinated were lower in the schizophrenia group, with a slightly larger difference in vaccination rates observed in men versus women (probabilities, 0.79 versus 0.82 , respectively).
“Lower vaccination rates among patients with schizophrenia reported in this study should alert public health policy makers to provide better care in the form of easier access to COVID-19 mitigation / prevention efforts for people with schizophrenia, ”Bitan writes.
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