Advocacy filed in High Court to relax age criteria for COVID-19 vaccine

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The petition was brought to the Delhi High Court by a final year law student at the University of Delhi.

New Delhi:

A plea was made today at the Delhi High Court to ask the Central and AAP government to relax the age requirement for the COVID-19 vaccination campaign and allow for greater participation from the private sector to the process.

The petition, filed by a final year law student at the University of Delhi, also sought to call on authorities to formulate a policy to bring the benefits of the vaccination campaign to the elderly, the disabled and the poor. of society by launching demarches – open-air vaccination services in the nation’s capital.

Petitioner Mrigank Mishra, represented by lawyer Kushal Kumar, said in light of the alarming situation of the increase in coronavirus cases and the second wave which is more serious than the first, it is relevant to relaunch the campaign for which the broadening of the involvement of private sector entities is necessary because they will facilitate rapid and massive vaccination and allow door-to-door vaccination of citizens.

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Advocacy indicates that the current system of immunization campaign involves visits to centers after securing an appointment on the Co-Win portal and that on-site registrations are very limited in number and often lead to long queues of people. waiting.

Certain categories of citizens, including bedridden elderly, disabled people, poor strata of society are disadvantaged due to the current system of vaccination campaign, he said.

It is also necessary to remove / relax the age restrictions vis-à-vis the beneficiaries of the vaccination campaign since the increasing number of cases of coronavirus is a concern for the health and safety of every citizen, the plea, filed through attorneys Harsh Ahuja, Aadtya Kapoor and Akash Deep Gupta, said.

The petition brought together the Union Home and Health and Family Ministries and the Delhi government as parties.

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He said that currently, people over the age of 45 are eligible for vaccines by visiting designated COVID-19 vaccination centers. However, given the ever-increasing number of coronavirus cases, the availability of infrastructure and resources, and in a situation where governments have ruled out the possibility of lockdowns, expanding the reach of the vaccination campaign is the only solution to reach them. purposes.

Delhi on Wednesday recorded 5,506 new cases of COVID-19, the largest increase in one day this year, as 20 more people died from the coronavirus infection, bringing the death toll to 11,133, according to the department of the health of the city.

The advocacy affirmed that there was an urgent need to take effective measures for the vaccination of a large number of citizens and that the involvement of private actors such as private laboratories and NGOs can boost the vaccination campaign and facilitate vaccination. massive.

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Several experts spoke out and suggested that the involvement of the private sector in the COVID-19 vaccination campaign can benefit the vaccination program and lead to rapid and massive vaccination.

Private actors such as private diagnostics can play a key role in collaboration with the government in the administration and distribution of the vaccine due to their extensive network across the country and their trained workforce, he said. -he declares.

Claiming that the current system failed to take into account that disparities in access to technology and literacy clearly hamper the equitable distribution of vaccines, the advocacy said expanding private participation would complement government effort and would lead to rapid mass vaccination through door-to-door vaccination of beneficiaries.

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