Munmun Kaur –
Published On: December 03, 2021 at 20:10 IST
An appeal was filed in the Kerala High Court against the single Judge’s Order of early administration of vaccine than the prescribed period of 84 days, an interval prescribed by the Central Govt (The Secretary to Government of India Vs Kitex Garments Limited).
The Single Bench had directed the Appellants to make necessary provisions forthwith in the CoWIN portal so as to enable scheduling of a second dose of COVISHIELD vaccine after four weeks of the first dose being administered for those who were willing to accept the same.
The main argument of the Central Government was that it had the right to ensure the protection of its citizens from covid and that by allowing the early administration of the vaccine, the Court interfered with the vaccine policy of the Government.
Another contention raised by the Central Government was that the Respondent company desired to get its workers’ second jab done before the completion of 84 days which is a violation of workers’ individual rights. Although this claim was denied by Advocate Blaze K Jose who was appearing on behalf of the Respondent.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly, who was hearing the matter allowed the appeal.