Pregnant teachers demanding shots or leave

Shortage of vaccine heightening concern among immunized
By Gordon Sova
||Last Updated: 12/11/2009

Teachers’ unions in Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan are expressing concern that their members have not been immunized against H1N1 influenza because they are felt to be part of the general population and not part of an at-risk group.

The Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union is asking the government to send pregnant teachers home until they are vaccinated. “It’s irresponsible to expect our pregnant teachers to come to the workplace every day and risk exposure to the virus,” said NSTU president Alexis Allen. In Quebec, the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail has identified pregnant teachers, daycare workers and hospital workers as eligible for protective leave until they receive the vaccine.