OBJECTIVE: To determine pregnant women vaccine acceptance and hesitancy attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccine .
METHODS: Three hundred pregnant women were surveyed face to face with forty questions . Socio-demographic characteristics, vaccination history, perception of risk for the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, acceptance and attitude for future COVID-19 vaccination were prospectively evaluated .
RESULTS: Among all participants , 111 (37 %) stated their intent to receive the vaccine if it were recommended for pregnant women . Most refusal reasons were; lack of data about COVID-19 vaccine safety in pregnant population and possibility of harm to the fetus . There was a weak positive correlation between COVID-19 vaccine acceptancy and number of school-age children . Pregnant women in first trimester expressed higher acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination than second and third trimester .
CONCLUSION: The present study reported low acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination in a sample of pregnant women . Concern about vaccine safety was the major hesitancy reason . Identifying attitudes among priority groups will be useful to create vaccination strategies in the prevention current pandemic.