Door-to-door vaccination would have saved many lives: Bombay High Court

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On Wednesday, the Bombay High Court heard a petition seeking the introduction of door-to-door vaccination to protect people from the corona epidemic.

In this, the High Court told the Central Government that if it had started door-to-door vaccination in time, the lives of many people who had lost their lives by infection could have been saved.

The court has also asked the government to consider door-to-door vaccination. The next hearing of the case will be held on May 19.

Two lawyers filed public interest litigation.

The lawyers Dhrit Kapadia and Kunal Tiwari had filed public interest litigation in the Bombay High Court recently to start house-to-house vaccination.

He said that even today, there are many elderly and vulnerable people in the country who cannot walk to the vaccination centre on their own.

Similarly, even today, people living in rural areas are not comfortable with the online process and cannot register online for vaccination.

Why not start house-to-house vaccination- High Court

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice GS Kulkarni asked the central government why not actively start the door-to-door vaccination program? Because many senior citizens are unable to reach vaccination centres.

The court said that if the central government started door-to-door vaccination in time, and the lives of many people could have been saved until now. In such a situation, the Central Government should seriously consider it.

The high court reiterated the order of 22 April.

The High Court also reiterated its order of April 22, asking the central government to consider its decision to start a door-to-door vaccination program.

The court said that three weeks have passed since that order, but the central government has not yet informed its decision. The government should decide on this by keeping one kind of thinking or keeping in mind other reasons.

Home-to-door vaccination has been started in many countries – High Court

The High Court said, “Many countries have already started door-to-door vaccination. In India, we do many things late, and things travel to our country very slowly. Why not start this (door-to-door vaccination) pro-actively when the lives of senior citizens are concerned?”

The high court asks for an affidavit from BMC.

On Tuesday, the High Court said senior judges had a meeting with Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Chahal. He had said to plan to start a ward-wise vaccination camp from next week and apply vaccines to 70,000 people daily in it. If such camps start, then senior people will get significant relief. In such a case, BMC will have to file an affidavit in this regard before May 19.

The Supreme Court also sought a reply from the Center on door-to-door vaccination.

Public interest litigation was filed in the Supreme Court on demand for door-to-door vaccination. In this, the Supreme Court sought a response from the Center. The affidavit filed by the Center stated that it would not be possible to maintain a 30-minute observation period if at-home vaccination is undertaken. It is practically difficult for every healthcare worker to wait more than 30 minutes after applying the vaccine. The healthcare worker administering the vaccine will also be at added risk of contracting Covid-19.

The court also sought to know from the civic body about what measures it plans to take to vaccinate homeless people, beggars and those living on the streets.

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