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India’s Supreme Court to hear plea seeking home COVID vaccination for disabled people

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India’s Supreme Court will hear a PIL on October 29 seeking prioritised COVID vaccination for persons with disabilities at their residence since they face a higher risk of being impacted by the disease.

A Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud will hear the PIL on October 29, reported ANI.

The Bench had issued notice to the government, requested to assist it about steps that have already been taken and that are to be taken to assuage their concerns.

The apex court had noted that the plea raises questions dealing with the rights of persons with disabilities.

The plea filed by Evara Foundation, a disability rights organization, sought direction to focus on the steps required to ensure ease of access to vaccination to persons with disabilities to protect them against COVID-19.

The plea contended that even the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has said that vaccination should happen at their residence of persons with disabilities.

The example of Jharkhand and Kerala that implemented this policy was also mentioned in the plea.

The plea stated that scheduling an appointment at a particular vaccination centre is a highly technical process, and persons with disabilities face difficulties in getting vaccinated.

Seeking Covid vaccination at residence for persons with disabilities and their caregivers, the plea said visiting vaccination centres amid lockdowns in various states is also challenging for persons with disabilities.

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