Document Type : Original Article
obstetrics &amp; Gynecology , Faculty of Medicine , Cairo University
Background: Compared to women who are not pregnant, pregnant women are known to be at much higher risk of serious COVID-19-related problems. Thus, safeguarding pregnant women against COVID-19 is crucial. The effectiveness of vaccination as a safeguard against a severe COVID-19 infection has increased.
Aim of the Work: To ascertain how Egyptian pregnant women feel about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and whether they are hesitant to do so.
Patients and Methodology: This prospective study, which included 295 expectant women who visited OPC for antenatal care, was carried out in Kasr Al-Ainy Obstetric and Gynecology Hospital. A face-to-face survey was used to get the data. All participants gave their consent in writing after being fully informed.
Results: 101 respondents (34.2%) of the 295 who completed the poll said they would get the vaccine if it was advised for expectant mothers. Sixty-six (22.4%) of the patients had high-risk pregnancies, according to the study. The two main reasons given by pregnant women who indicated they would refuse the vaccine were: (1) potential injury to the unborn child or to one's own body (90.2% and 72.7%, respectively); and (2) a lack of information regarding vaccine safety (79.9%). Acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine and women education showed a marginal inverse connection (P < 0.005).
Conclusion: This sample of pregnant women had a low acceptance rate for the COVID-19 immunization. The COVID-19 vaccine's acceptability was heavily reliant on having access to adequate information. It will be crucial to identify attitudes among priority groups while creating immunization efforts to combat COVID-19.