Why aren’t people with mental health issues prioritized in the vaccine rollout?

Question: 

Why aren’t people with mental health issues prioritized in the vaccine rollout?

Answer: 

Thank you for your question and for bringing mental health into this conversation. We want to acknowledge the challenges faced by folks struggling with mental health concerns and how the pandemic has made the situation even more difficult.

The decisions around the vaccine roll-out were made with the goal of preventing severe illness and death. The evidence tells us that the single greatest risk factor for severe illness and death from COVID-19 is age. This is why for the most part, the roll-out is based on age. Given the reality of vaccine supply, decisions are being made based on evidence and science that aim to protect the most at-risk in our communities.

We know this doesn’t make it any easier, but we hope it provides some clarity on why the rollout will begin this way. You can find a resource specific to managing mental health during this pandemic here.

Please note that the circumstances around COVID-19 vaccines in BC are changing regularly, so this information may change.

Date last updated: 
Wednesday, Mar 24, 2021
Date last reviewed: 
Friday, Jan 29, 2021