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Delhi HC tells Delhi govt to formulate policy for giving 2nd shot of COVID-19 vaccine

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New Delhi, May 19 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi Government to treat a plea as representation, seeking directions to formulate a policy to ensure that all persons, who have been given the first shot of COVID-19 vaccine, should be given second dose with priority and more specifically on different days, timing and in a separate line, such that they are not put to inconvenience. 

A Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh yesterday disposed of the plea, which also sought to issue directives, such that vaccination drive for auto drivers, bus drivers, taxi drivers, ambulance drivers and people involved in public transport is given priority.

The petitioner had submitted that the process of vaccination is divided into two dose phases. Initially, the second dose was given after 28 days but later, the time period was increased to 42 days by the Government of India. 

It said, “The data of vaccination in Delhi, as maintained by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, shows that 25,58,207 people have got first dose of vaccine whereas 6,66,732 have taken second dose of vaccination. From the data it is clear that in Delhi 25,58,207 are yet to take second dose of vaccine.

The petitioner had stated that vaccine at present is limited and given the vast population of India, it is likely that it will take several months to vaccinate the entire country. 

The petitioner had submitted before the Court that India cannot be reliant on two vaccine manufacturers- Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute, to cater to its population. If India banks only on these two manufacturers and keeps their commercials in mind, it will take many years to vaccinate entire country and more than one year to vaccinate Delhi.

It was submitted that earlier only Government of India was buying vaccine and allocating to states based on age, status and data of population. However from 19/4/2021 the government of India has delegated the powers to state governments to purchase vaccines for its citizens, therefore now each state has to place order on the two companies for purchasing vaccination. 

The plea had further submitted that the policy of the respondent no.1 and the two vaccination companies is not clear on allocation of vaccine. The respondent no.2 needs to step in and should issue notification or directive that states whose citizens are more effected should be given priority in vaccine delivery and vaccination drive.

Furthermore, it was prayed before the Court to direct the respondent to make a scheme that once vaccine been deliver will be available to all but the most effected will be those who have already taken first shot but are waiting for second shot. ILNS/KR/RJ

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