If you’re waiting to get a COVID-19 shot, here’s something to consider: A new study says your mental and physical health can affect how your body reacts to the vaccine.
An Ohio State University researcher recently wrote a paper accepted for publication in the journal, Perspectives on Psychological Science.
The research focused on different vaccines over the past 30 years and found self-care is key to vaccine efficacy.
“These risk factors including stress, depression, loneliness, poor health behaviors can impact the side effects to the vaccine,” said Annelise Madison, an Ohio State University researcher. “They can impact the amount of time it takes to develop immunity to COVID-19.”
Madison also says poor mental and physical health might shorten the time in which the vaccine works.
She suggests getting plenty of sleep or even exercising within 24-hours of getting the COVID-19 vaccine to boost your response.