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Coronavirus: How regular exercise could benefit the vaccine’s effectiveness

January 25, 2021

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Professor Greg Whyte is the Chair of the UKactive scientific advisory board. His latest blog examines the effects that regular exercise has played in studies related to vaccination.

The importance of exercise for emotional, mental and physical wellbeing during the pandemic has been established. Yet the Covid-19 pandemic has brought to the foreground that exercise could have a similar effect on the rollout of the current vaccine worldwide.

Currently, in the UK, the Pfizer and Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccines are now in circulation across the country for the UK’s most at-risk groups.

Professor Greg Whyte

The professor suggests that regular exercise has been an effective way to improve the vaccine’s response in older adults and elite athletes.

Based on previous evidence, the studies show that the psychological effects of vaccination could be similarly reduced with regular exercise.

Read more about the research into the impact of exercise on the Covid-19 vaccine here.

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