IE📝💉@COVID19Up: Groundbreaking University of Limerick, Ireland research has revealed for the first time that loneliness and social stresses can have a negative impact on our antibody response to COVID-19 vaccines.
In a world’s first, a group of UL researchers have found that lower neighborhood cohesion is associated with antibody response to COVID-19 vaccines.
The research team have demonstrated in a new study published in the prestigious journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity that lower social cohesion also made people feel lonelier, and this was an additional factor in reducing COVID-19 vaccine responses.
The authors found that lower social cohesion was predictive of a lower response to a single-shot of the COVID-19 vaccine; that those who felt less connected to their neighborhood, had lower trust in their neighbors, and felt unsupported or less similar to their neighbors, made fewer antibodies in comparison to those who reported higher social cohesion.
In addition, those who reported lower social cohesion also tended to report that they felt lonelier, and this, in turn, reduced their antibody response.
Social cohesion is the degree of social connectedness and solidarity among different community groups within a society, including levels of trust and connectedness between individuals and across community groups.