Getting the COVID vaccine may offer benefits aside from protection from the virus.
In a survey of 1,500 U.S. adults, nearly three out of four people report that getting vaccinated had positive effects on their mental health.
Roughly 64% of those surveyed said they felt relief after getting the shot. Other common sentiments included thankfulness and optimism.
Most of those who got the vaccine as quickly as possible said they were motivated by their own peace of mind and protection. Meanwhile, most people who got the shot after hesitating for a time said they ultimately opted-in to help protect others.
No matter your reason for getting the vaccine, it may boost your confidence in addition to your mood. The survey suggests people are also feeling more comfortable with resuming activities they’d put on hold during the pandemic.
According to the survey findings:
- Travel comfort level more than doubled once people became fully vaccinated (from 33% to 68%)
- The comfort level for socializing indoors nearly doubled with vaccination (from 33% to 65%)
- Going to the gym saw an 83% increase in comfort level (from 30% to 55%)
- The comfort level for visiting friends and dining out both increased 76%
- Going to work saw a 45% jump in comfort level (from 45% to 72%)
Keep yourself and others safe
Like those surveyed, you may also feel relief and optimism after getting the vaccine. But don’t get carried away and think you don’t have to follow guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It may be possible to infect other people, even if you’re fully immunized. Continue masking and social distancing whenever you’re in public spaces or near unvaccinated people.
If you have any questions about what you can or can’t do once you’ve been vaccinated, check out resources from the CDC.