Are you vaccinated? COVID-19 vaccination rates and the effect of a vaccination program in a metropolitan mental health inpatient population in Australia

Kaylin Hooper, Michael Hooper, Jessica Nguyen, Akira Fukutomi

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Abstract

Objective To assess the COVID-19 vaccination rates of a severe mental illness (SMI) population in Western Australia (WA) in January to March 2022, and to evaluate an inpatient COVID-19 vaccination program available to this group. Method A retrospective audit of the COVID-19 vaccination status of inpatients at the Mental Health Unit (MHU) at a tertiary hospital in WA was conducted and compared with the state average. Additionally, the medical records were interrogated to determine whether eligible inpatients were offered and received COVID-19 vaccination via the inpatient vaccination program. Results Vaccination rates for the MHU population were substantially lower than those for the WA population, particularly earlier in 2022. During January, just 49.0% of admitted patients had received two doses of the vaccine, compared to 92.8% of WA. Over the three months, 67 (47.2%) of all admissions were eligible for vaccination during their admission and 19 of the eligible patients (28.4%) were successfully vaccinated. Conclusion This audit has demonstrated a slow uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations in the SMI population, despite the wide availability for 12 months prior to this period. This indicates a significant potential for targeted, assertive programs to improve vaccination rates in this population group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-42
Number of pages5
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Volume31
Issue number1
Early online date6 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

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