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Delhi HC directs Delhi govt on plea to convert open spaces to drive-in vaccination centres

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New Delhi, May 11 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi Government to treat a petition as representation, seeking direction for conversion of open spaces like vacant Stadiums for setting up drive-in vaccination centres in Delhi, as per the government policies and rules.

The petitioner submitted that the citizens can drive into a vaccination centre and get themselves vaccinated, without coming in contact with others and maintaining social distancing, similar to the ones set up by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in Mumbai.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh urged the Delhi Government to consider the pleas made in the Writ Petition as a representation, filed by Delhi-based trader Amandeep Aggarwal.

Senior Advocate AS Chandhiok, along with Advocates Rushab Aggarwal and Priyanshi Chokshi, appeared for the petitioners. Counsel for the Petitioner, Rushab Aggarwal submitted before the Court that similar drive-in vaccination centres have been started in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Orissa.

The petition said COVID-19 is an unprecedented pandemic, which has claimed more than 2.34 lakh lives in India and more than 32.6 lakh lives across the globe. In the month of January, 2021, two Vaccines – namely COVISHIELD (manufactured by the Serum Institute of India) and COVAXIN (manufactured by Bharat Biotech) received approval for use.

The administration of vaccine for COVID-19 in India was opened in a phased approach. With effect from May 1, 2021, the vaccine was made open to all persons above 18 years of age. Delhi is experiencing the second wave of COVID-19 in Delhi, whereunder the infection has exponentially multiplied and on an average, more than 25,000 new cases are being reported daily, it noted.

A lockdown has been imposed in the National Capital Territory of Delhi with effect from April 19, 2021. However, the purpose of imposing a lockdown would be defeated on the account of crowding at vaccination centres and hospitals.

The Drive-in vaccination centres will encourage people to get vaccinated at the earliest, without compromising themselves from coming in contact with other citizens. ILNS/DS/RJ

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