- The central government told the Bombay High Court that door-to-door vaccination is difficult
- The government cited the recommendation of the expert group for vaccination
- Expert group cites risks of house-to-house vaccination
against covid-19 vaccination campaign The National Expert Group for (Negvac) unanimously decided that no one will be vaccinated at their home, even under special circumstances. The Central Government, in an affidavit to the Bombay High Court, said that the expert group is of the unanimous opinion that there is a risk in administering the vaccine to the
Referring to the recommendation of the expert group
The expert group may have opposed the door-to-door vaccination campaign on the basis of ‘scientific facts’, but it had approved the policy of setting up ‘close to home’ vaccination centers from May 27. The expert group says that if there is some discrepancy in door-to-door vaccination, it can be difficult to take timely action and maintain the cold chain. He said that vaccination centers have been opened in school premises, panchayat houses, old age homes, community centres, residential complexes etc. only in view of inconvenience in movement of elderly and bedridden patients.
PIL was given by two lawyers
A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice Girish Kulkarni of the Bombay High Court, during the hearing of a PIL, told the Center that we will not interfere if we give concrete scientific reasons for not conducting door-to-door vaccination. Actually, two lawyers had filed a petition demanding door-to-door vaccination. The High Court said that the government should only ensure that not a single person is spared from coming under the purview of the vaccination campaign.
High Court’s question on the arguments of the Center
The central government had said two more things in opposition to the idea of door-to-door vaccination, which was questioned by the High Court. The Center had said that there would be unnecessary pressure from the society on the people and health workers involved in the door-to-door vaccination campaign and their safety would also be concerned. He said that health workers and their co-workers will also be at risk of getting infected themselves by going from door to door. On this, the High Court said that these concerns can be removed if the government wants.
policy may change
Petitioner Advocate Dhriti Kapadia told the High Court that the percentage of malpractices after vaccination is very less. To this the Bombay High Court bench said, “Which other country with such a large population is able to do this? The government can also do it. You have to find your own way.” Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh told the court that the policy can be changed in future. “We are practically on the doorstep. There may be further changes in the current policy,” he said.