March 25, 2023

The state had constituted a particular process power to provide you with such a coverage, Geeta Shastri stated.


The Maharashtra authorities instructed the Bombay High Court on Tuesday that it’s going to finalise inside every week its coverage on beginning door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination drives for the aged, disabled individuals and people who are bedridden and unable to go to the inoculation centres.

The state’s counsel, Geeta Shastri, submitted a draft coverage earlier than a bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni.

The state had constituted a particular process power comprising consultants and stakeholders to provide you with such a coverage, Shastri stated.

While particulars of the coverage couldn’t be made public but, the identical shall be finalised inside every week and submitted earlier than the court docket, she stated.

The bench accepted Shastri’s submissions.

It was listening to a bunch of PILs, together with a plea filed by lawyer Dhruti Kapadia searching for door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination for folks above 75 years of age and specially-abled or bedridden individuals.

During a earlier listening to, the excessive court docket noticed that the Centre had not imposed any prohibition on states from finishing up door-to-door vaccination for the aged and disabled residents.

It had additionally stated the Union authorities’s coverage or the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on vaccination that didn’t present for door-to-door drives was merely an advisory.

On Tuesday, the bench stated, “Prima facie, we are of the opinion that the task force is proceeding in the right direction. We, however, leave it to the task force to incorporate such measures which are beneficial for the health of the elderly and disabled citizens.”

“We hope that when we take up this PIL next, the state would be in a position to show us the approved guideline,” the court docket stated.

The bench additionally directed the Maharashtra authorities and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to submit municipal ward-wise particulars of vaccines administered to the mentally-ill and homeless folks within the metropolis.

The route got here on one other PIL filed by lawyer Sarosh Bharucha, searching for the court docket’s intervention for making certain better entry of vaccines to residents.

Bharucha identified that the prevailing state pointers on COVID-19 vaccination didn’t consider masking individuals who have been mentally ailing and people with no authorized guardian, and subsequently, not ready to offer an knowledgeable consent for receiving the vaccine.

The HC requested the state and the municipal authorities to answer the problem by subsequent week.

“How many homeless or mentally ill persons have been taken care of in every ward in the city? We are talking of you (state) providing them food, shelter, vaccination, everything,” the excessive court docket stated.

“Your affidavit is absolutely silent on this issue. We are a very complex society. No one can be ignored or neglected,” the HC stated.

The court docket will hear the above PILs subsequent on June 29.

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