Pregnant wife going back to the NYC office
My wife is 5 months pregnant and neither of us want to get vaccinated. It appears she is going to be asked to start going into the office again soon. We live in New York, and with the rise of the Delta variant, we’re pretty scared of what could happen to her or the baby if she catches COVID. We don’t want her to take ivermectin while pregnant, and aren’t crazy about her wearing a mask most of the day either. Does anyone know if there’s any legal precedent to not be forced to take excessive risk while pregnant? Any other advice on how to deal with this situation would be appreciated.
Has she tried asking her employer if she can simply keep working from home during the rest of her pregnancy? Maybe she could try making a good case to her employer that she is able to get the job done from home and would be less of a risk of both catching and spreading covid if she’s able to continue working from home while she’s pregnant. Maybe they would be open to that if she agreed to go back to the office after she’s given birth and come back from maternity leave. Employers are likely more open to the whole work from home thing now that many people have been doing this during the pandemic.
I can’t give any advice on legal precedent so apologies that I can’t offer anything on that front.
If she intends to breast feed, she’ll need to stay unvaccinated through that period as well.
She is going to ask, we’re just not confident that they’ll allow it. I understand their reasoning: they’re transitioning all their processes back to in-office and they’d have to make some significant adjustments to accommodate her. If they do accommodate her, we wonder if they might punish her subtly by witholding promotions etc in the future. Tough spot for her to be in. Unfortunately quitting isn’t really an option at this time.
She might be able to get a note from her doctor recommending work from home for now.
Can she find another job? In my area they will hire just about anybody right now and the wages are high. Seems nobody wants to go back to work and employers are pretty desperate.
Personally, I wouldnt worry so much about what would happen if she got covid, Id be more worried about the vaccine.
The CDC considers pregnancy one of the conditions that predisposes to more severe Covid (even though the overall risk is still low). https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/pregnant-people.html
Employers in my area use the CDC guidelines as a standard for Covid precautions in the workplace. You might be able to make a case that she is high risk due to the condition of pregnancy. If the employer is allowing high risk people to work from home then she could qualify for that exception. I agree that starting with a doctor’s note is the least risky way of asking for work from home.
Consider the guidance on PP around preparing your terrain. I am assuming she would be taking pregnancy supplements, and just add additional Vit D on top of those supplements. Maintain good hygiene and avoid crowded areas.
Since Covid hit I have been taking regular Zinc, Vit C + Elderberry & Vit D. Have had a couple of small bouts of a cold which were much milder than usual. When I felt something happening I doubled my doses (morning and night instead of just at night) and that seemed to help get on top of it quickly.
Also been doing the same to my 5-yr old, albeit at lower doses. He has not been sick for a long time, when beforehand he would catch everything from daycare! I feel that this stuff helps reduce your risk of catching something, and is not going to be harmful for the baby.
Hope this helps.
I would be concerned about spending a whole day in an office breathing the same air as any number of persons who had received a spike protein vaccine. I’d be looking to limit that exposure to the absolute minimum.
I’ve found in the past that some employers can be more accommodating than you might think. To the point of -write your own rule book for what would work for you, and suggest it to them. For instance, start with working from home, but offer a half day (limiting exposure hours for reasons above) up to twice a week in a well-ventilated office. In a small space I’d go so far as to take my own desktop air filter.
What will happen to her role while she is on maternity leave? Will she need to help train someone for this?