"Nurses are not getting the support they need," said Judith Arroyo, president of Local 436, District Council 37, adding that the union had warned of problems.
"We don't like it when we're right, because usually when we're right someone does get hurt somewhere along the way."
City officials countered that nurses have received "excellent support.""The department has been doing a tremendous job," said Dr. Jane Zucker, assistant commissioner of immunization. "Twenty-five hundred have already been vaccinated."
Three children have received the H1N1 vaccine without parental permission - including a kid at Public School 8 on Staten Island - since the in-school program began.
City officials recommend all students get the vaccine since swine flu has proved particularly deadly for young people. The feds yesterday announced the deaths of 19 more children nationwide - the largest increase in a single week since the epidemic began.
Picture Left:Diondra Reynolds, 6, receives an H1N1 flu vaccination.(Rucker/AP)