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Give info on vaccine policy for disabled: SC to govt (Covid pandemic) 21.9.2021

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to provide details of its policy framework and steps taken to prioritise Covid vaccination of persons with disability and the scientific study carried out to determine the safety protocol for inoculation of pregnant and lactating women.

Petitioner Evara Foundation, an NGO, argued before a bench of justices DY Chandrachud and BV Nagarathna that the IMA has recommended door-to-door vaccination of persons with disability but only Jharkhand and Kerala have implemented this. The bench issued notice to the Centre and sought its reply affidavit in two weeks.
Apart from easy access to vaccination centres, preferably door-to-door vaccination, the petitioner, through advocate Pankaj Sinha, is also seeking the setting up of a dedicated vaccination helpline for disabled persons.
The apex court also entertained a petition filed by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights seeking a direction to the Centre for conducting a scientific study to understand the effects of Covid vaccination on pregnant and lactating women. It sought response from the Centre on the PIL within two weeks.