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No Prohibition Imposed By Centre on States Doing Door-to-Door Vaccination: Bombay High Court [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 18 Jun 2021 12:39am

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The Bombay High Court ruled on Monday that the Central Government has not explicitly prohibited state governments from providing door-to-door vaccination for the elderly and disabled citizens who are unable to travel to immunisation centres.

As a result, a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni directed the Maharashtra government to decide whether or not to conduct door-to-door vaccinations by June 22,2021, It also stated that if such guidelines were finalized, the State would not need to wait for its orders to implement them.

On Monday, the court asked Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh if the Central Government had attempted to prevent states such as Kerala and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir from beginning door-to-door vaccination.

Mr. Singh responded that the Centre stated that their communications to the states opposing door-to-door immunisation were simply guidelines/advice that they expected states to follow.

The bench noted in its order that, 

"From such reply of Mr. Singh, , it clearly appears to us that there is no categorical prohibition imposes by the central Government for the states to undertake a door to door vaccination programme, for the elderly and disabled citizens as  described by us in paragraph one of four order dated June 9, 2021,".

During the previous hearing, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) informed the court that on June 10, it had written to the Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, requesting permission to begin door-to-door vaccination.

On Monday, ASG Anil Singh informed the court… Continue Reading...

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