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India’s Supreme Court wants to mandate in-home vaccinations for persons with disabilities

A medical worker prepare an injection of vaccine during a vaccination drive at a community healthcare center.
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The Supreme Court wants a decision from India’s Central government on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), mandating in-home vaccines for persons with disabilities.

As reported by NDTV, a Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud stated, “Since the plea raises substantial questions dealing with rights of the disabled, we issue notice to the Union of India. We would request Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to assist us with regarding steps taken and steps which will be taken to assuage the concerns of petitioners. List this after two weeks.”

The plea filed by Evara Foundation, an organisation that protects the rights of persons with disabilities, asked for clarification regarding the process to guarantee ease of access.

A representative of the organisation contended the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has recommended that vaccination should occur at the doorsteps of persons with disabilities. Jharkhand and Kerala have already implemented this policy.

The request for door-to-door vaccination stated that scheduling an appointment at a particular vaccination centre is a highly technical process and many persons with disabilities are experiencing difficulties booking appointments. It also contends that visiting vaccination centres amid lockdowns in various states is also a challenging task.

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