The Court expressed happiness over the active attention of the Center and the Delhi Government to the issue of shortage of Covaxin and said that those who have taken the first dose of Covaxin will get some relief from it.
The general public is getting upset due to the continuous lack of vaccine in Delhi. There are many such people who have taken the first dose but have not taken the second dose in time. Being strict on this matter, the High Court has asked the Delhi Government whether those people who do not get the second dose in the stipulated time will have to get both the doses again or not. Regarding which the government told that people of 18 to 44 years who have taken a dose of Covaxin will be given the second dose first as soon as Covaxin becomes available.
The Delhi government further informed about the vaccine that orders have been issued to all government centers, private hospitals and nursing homes in the city. The Center and the Delhi government also told the court that an additional arrangement of 400 vials of Covaxin has been made to Delhi on June 6 to deal with the prevailing situation.
Government is paying attention to the lack of Covaxin
Judge Rekha Palli is hearing three petitions filed for the second imposition of Covaxin. The court expressed happiness over the active attention of the Center and the Delhi government on the issue of shortage of Covaxin and said that those who have taken the first dose of Covaxin will get some relief from it.
Those who have to take the second dose, they will be vaccinated first
The Delhi government’s counsel told the court that the Chief Secretary has also issued an order on June 6 in this regard that the Delhi Disaster Management Authority has directed that Covaxin shall be used only for immunization of those people who have died during the month of June. I am eligible for the second dose of vaccination. The Health Department of the Delhi Government had also issued a similar instruction on June 3.
In this case, advocates Kushal Kumar, Mansi Sharma, Sehrawat Tripathi, Ashish Virmani had filed a petition and raised the issue of applying the second dose within the stipulated time. A lawyer went to Meerut and got Covaxin installed. He also raised the issue that if it has been more than six weeks since the first dose was administered and the second dose has not yet been administered, will the first dose not be of any use? Will they have to take both the doses twice? Regarding this, the counsel for the Delhi government said that taking instructions from the concerned department in this regard, he will present his case before the court. The court has fixed the matter for hearing on June 11.
The court asked Delhi government’s advocate Anuj Agarwal and advocate Anurag Ahluwalia, appearing for the Centre, to examine the issue whether the slot being opened for second dose vaccination can be increased. The court asked them to examine the issue of using the data bank and messaging those persons whose second dose is due before June 14.
On June 4, the Delhi government told the High Court that it had prepared to vaccinate people with Covaxin based on assurances from Bharat Biotech, the manufacturer of the vaccine. The company had said that the capital was to get 5 lakh doses in May and 20 lakh doses in June. Let us tell you that the Delhi government had received only 1.5 lakh doses of the vaccine in May and due to the instructions of the Center, no stock was set aside for the second dose. All this was used to provide the first dose to 1.5 lakh people in the age group of 18-44 years.
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