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New Int. Survey Shows Concerted Community Investment Increases Vaccination Rates for People with Severe Mental Illness

New Int. Survey Shows Concerted Community Investment Increases Vaccination Rates for People with Severe Mental Illness

We are pleased to present the findings of a research survey we conducted in partnership with Treatment Advocacy Center.

The report, “COVID-19 Vaccination for People with Severe Mental Illness: An International Survey,” published today by the Treatment Advocacy Center and Clubhouse International, identifies key barriers to and facilitators of COVID-19 vaccination among people with severe mental illness through an international survey of more than 100 Clubhouses.

The survey found that while there are significant barriers to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine for people living with severe mental illness, targeted outreach, creation of vaccination clinics and engagement in community settings leads to significantly higher vaccination rates and increased safety for this population. People with severe mental illness have a high risk of death from COVID-19 and the results of the research shows that community investment led to higher estimated rates of vaccination compared to the general public.

Overall, estimated vaccination rates of U.S.-based Clubhouse members are, on average, significantly higher than that of the U.S. population. Of the 105 U.S.-based Clubhouses that participated in the survey, 64 had a higher rate of vaccination than their surrounding county and 24 had the same rate of vaccine uptake as their county.

“The results of this important project demonstrate once again the powerful health benefits of belonging to a community in which inclusion and meaningful relationships are the priority,” said Joel Corcoran, executive director and CEO of Clubhouse International. “Clubhouses across the world prioritize wellness and healthy lifestyles as part of a holistic approach to addressing the social and economic isolation so often associated with serious mental illness. It is clear that Clubhouse communities have been effective in assisting their members to get vaccinated during this life-threatening pandemic.”
New International Survey Shows Concerted Community Investment Increases Vaccination Rates for People with Severe Mental Illness, according to the report published today by the Treatment Advocacy Center and Clubhouse International – ICCD. Interested in learning more? Click here.

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