COVID-19 post-vaccination depression in older Israeli adults: The role of negative world assumptions

Lee Greenblatt-Kimron, Yaakov Hoffman, Menachem Ben-Ezra, Robin Goodwin, Yuval Palgi

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Background With the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, the aging population has been shown to be highly vulnerable. As a result, policy makers and the media urged older adults to restrict social interactions, placing them at greater risk of mental health problems, such as depression. However, there has been a little previous attempt to examine coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) vaccine-related risk factors and depressive symptoms amongst older adults. Methods Participants (938 older adults, Mage = 68.99, s.d. = 3.41, range 65-85) answered an online questionnaire at the start of the COVID-19 vaccination program in Israel. Participants completed measures of background characteristics, world assumptions, COVID-19 vaccine-related variables, and symptoms of depression. Results Univariate logistic regression revealed that more negative world assumptions were linked with clinical depression levels. Conclusions Older adults in our sample were susceptible to unique factors associated with clinical depression influenced by their world assumptions during their COVID-19 vaccination. The high level of depression following vaccination indicates that it may take time to recover from depression associated with pandemic distress. Cognitive interventions that focus on world assumptions are recommended. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-48
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Jan 2022


  • COVID-19 vaccine
  • depression
  • older adults
  • word assumptions


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