It may come as a sigh of big relief to those unvaccinated and finding it difficult to travel and enter Malls Restaurants and other establishments without double Vaccination Certificate.
Reportedly, the Centre on Sunday has brought it to the notice of the Supreme Court that no individual can be vaccinated against his/ her wish for COVID-19. According to the Centre’s vaccination guidelines issued by the Union health ministry it does not envisage forcible vaccination without consent. This comes even as India continues to struggle with the third wave of the deadly COVID-19 outbreak.
Notably, the nation, on Sunday, also completed one year of COVID-19 vaccination drive.
The Centre has told the court that there was no SOP that makes carrying the vaccination certificate for any purpose mandatory. The Centre’s explanation has been noted in its affidavit filed in response to a plea by NGO Evara Foundation seeking door-to-door, priority for COVID-19 vaccination.
The affidavit further reads that vaccination for COVID-19 is of larger public interest in view of the ongoing pandemic situation.
The health ministry also makes it known that that it is duly advised, advertised and communicated through various print and social media platforms that all citizens should get vaccinated and systems and processes have been designed to facilitate the same. However, no person can be forced to be vaccinated against their wishes.
News Input: K.V.Raman
News Compiled by Sejal Bhise