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Cannot force people to get vaccinated against their wish: Centre tells Supreme Court

The Union government told the Supreme Court on Monday that it has gone to great lengths to ensure that all people of the country get vaccinated, but that it cannot force an individual to do so against their will.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in an affidavit filed in response to a petition filed in the Apex Court by NGO Evara Foundation seeking door-to-door, priority Covid-19 vaccination for persons with disabilities, that it has not issued any SOP that makes it mandatory to carry the vaccination certificate for any purpose.

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Union government added that the orders and recommendations given by the Government of India and the Ministry were in the public interest.

According to the affidavit, scientific and domain knowledge experts are guiding India’s Covid-19 vaccination programme through a National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC).

NEGFAC offers advice on all areas of Covid-19 immunisation, including population group prioritisation, procurement and inventory management, vaccine selection, delivery, and tracking. The National Technical Advisory Group of Immunization (NTAGI), India’s premier advisory body on immunisation, advises the NEGFAC on technical issues of Covid-19 vaccine. The NTAGI investigates technical aspects such as the use of different kinds of Covid-19 Vaccines, vaccination dose intervals, and contraindications, and makes recommendations to NEGGAC. MOHFW receives comprehensive direction and recommendations from NEGFAC on all areas of Covid-19 immunisation, including population group prioritising, procurement and inventory management, vaccine selection, vaccine distribution, and tracking mechanisms.

According to the ministry, they have used social media and other platforms to advise and inform individuals that they should all get vaccinated, and procedures and processes have been put in place to make this possible.

It does not, however, foresee compulsory vaccination of a person without his or her agreement, it noted.

According to the affidavit, several states have issued orders to discourage residents from refusing immunisation. Only fully vaccinated people would be allowed on local trains in Maharashtra, and the Kerala government has stated that it will not cover the cost of Covid-19 therapy for unvaccinated people.

The Supreme Court had previously allowed the Eluru Foundation to formulate any tangible actions to reinforce the existing framework for enabling the vaccination of disabled people and ensuring that they have proper access to the procedure in response to a petition filed by the Foundation.

The government responded by stating that it had received and evaluated the comments.

On January 16, the country’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign came to an end after a year.

The seat additionally thought to be the entries of applicant’s guidance that there were not many representatives who as indicated by him had not finished 240 days at the very latest August 8, 1985 however were as yet regularized.

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