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Vaccines and mental health: Help from the McNabb Center

As more individuals receive access to COVID-19 vaccinations, the McNabb Center is optimistic about secondary COVID-19 issues such as stress induced conditions.

“Access to vaccines will bring a sense of hope to individuals who have been feeling high levels of anxiety or stress during the global pandemic,” said Jerry Vagnier, McNabb Center’s president and CEO. “We all know that mental health has been an ongoing concern and it is essential that we work together as a community to focus on the positive strides we have seen.”




Behavioral health in our community must still be prioritized as the state continues rolling out vaccines for high risk individuals and essential workers. State and local health department efforts in distributing vaccines are applauded. While still unknown, the behavioral health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic may be long-lasting.

Generally speaking, high levels of stress and anxiety can trigger mental health and/or substance use symptoms. If untreated, these mental health conditions can grow and affect the individual, their family and the greater community.




If you or a loved one are experiencing mental health concerns related to COVID-19, the McNabb Center is here to help. Call our COVID-19 helpline at (865) 661-9191 for access to free resource assistance and emotional support.

The McNabb Center is the region’s leading nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, social and victim services. By focusing on an individual’s “Well Mind, Well Being,” we provide a quality and compassionate approach to care from infancy through adulthood. Since 1948, the Center has proudly served individuals with the most needs and fewest resources. Today, the McNabb Center delivers support to more than 30,000 people throughout East Tennessee each year. For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 1-800-255-9711.


Published February 1, 2021










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