COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy among people with chronic neurological disorders: A position paper

Rakusa, Martin, Ozturk, Serefnur, Moro, Elena, Helbok, Raimund, Bassetti, Claudio L, Beghi, Ettore, Bereczki, Daniel, Bodini, Benedetta, Di Liberto, Giovanni, Jenkins, Thomas M
et al (show 14 more authors) (2022) COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy among people with chronic neurological disorders: A position paper. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY, 29 (8). pp. 2163-2172.

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<h4>Background and purpose</h4>Health risks associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection are undisputed. Moreover, the capability of vaccination to prevent symptomatic, severe, and fatal COVID-19 is recognized. There is also early evidence that vaccination can reduce the chance for long COVID-19. Nonetheless, the willingness to get vaccinated and receive booster shots remains subpar among people with neurologic disorders. Vaccine scepticism not only jeopardizes collective efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic but puts individual lives at risk, as some chronic neurologic diseases are associated with a higher risk for an unfavorable COVID-19 course.<h4>Methods</h4>In this position paper, the NeuroCOVID-19 Task Force of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) summarizes the current knowledge on the prognosis of COVID-19 among patients with neurologic disease, elucidates potential barriers to vaccination coverage, and formulates strategies to overcome vaccination hesitancy. A survey among the Task Force members on the phenomenon of vaccination hesitancy among people with neurologic disease supports the lines of argumentation.<h4>Results</h4>The study revealed that people with multiple sclerosis and other nervous system autoimmune disorders are most skeptical of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination. The prevailing concerns included the chance of worsening the pre-existing neurological condition, vaccination-related adverse events, and drug interaction.<h4>Conclusions</h4>The EAN NeuroCOVID-19 Task Force reinforces the key role of neurologists as advocates of COVID-19 vaccination. Neurologists need to argue in the interest of their patients about the overwhelming individual and global benefits of COVID-19 vaccination. Moreover, they need to keep on eye on this vulnerable patient group, its concerns, and the emergence of potential safety signals.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: advocacy, COVID-19, infectious disease prevention, neurological disorders, SARS-CoV-2, vaccination, vaccine skepticism
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Clinical Directorate
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 23 May 2022 14:56
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 21:01
DOI: 10.1111/ene.15368
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