A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud issued notice to the Union of India while hearing a plea by Evara Foundation, a disability rights organisation, seeking priority Covid-19 vaccination for the disabled, as they face a higher risk of being impacted by the virus.
"Since the plea raises substantial questions dealing with rights of the disabled. We issue notice to the Union of India," said the bench.
The apex court has asked the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to assist it with steps taken and likely to be taken to assuage concerns of the petitioners.
Appearing for the Evara Foundation, advocate Pankaj Sinha, said that a document by Indian Medical Association vouch for door-to-door Covid-19 vaccination to ensure maximum coverage. And further added that states like Jharkhand and Kerala have successfully done so and it could therefore be carried out for for the differently abled. He also sought issuance of notices to all the states and union territories in this regard.
The bench noted that the plea seeks relief in the nature of door-to-door vaccinations to the extent feasible for the differently abled, preference in scheduling of vaccinations and a dedicated helpline for the differently abled apart from the CoWIN portal. It said the petitioner has relied on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, which envisages the principle of reasonable accommodation.