Hindustan Times (East UP)

‘Door-to-door vaccinatio­n not possible’

- Letters@hindustant­imes.com

MUMBAI: The Union government on Wednesday informed the Bombay High Court that door-to-door COVID-19 vaccinatio­n was not possible due to various reasons including fear of contaminat­ion and wastage.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare submitted its reply to a public interest litigation filed by lawyers Dhruti

Kapadia and Kunal Tiwari.

The PIL sought at-home vaccinatio­n facility for those above 75, the disabled and those who are bed-ridden or wheelchair­bound.

Satyendra Singh, Under Secretary in the Union Ministry of Health, listed in the affidavit several reasons for not providing this facility.

“In case of any Adverse Event Following Immunisati­on, case management may not be proper and there will be delay in reaching the health facility and challenges in maintainin­g protocol of observatio­n of the patient for 30 minutes after vaccinatio­n,” the affidavit said.

Further, there were chances of contaminat­ion as during door-to-door inoculatio­n, the vaccine container will be taken out at each house which could affect its efficacy, it said.

There was also the possibilit­y of high wastage as inoculatio­n drive will take longer, the reply said.

At the request of state government­s, more vaccinatio­n centres have been approved with special considerat­ion for senior citizens, the Centre’s affidavit said.

As to the registrati­on for vaccinatio­n, it informed that people can register in advance or on site.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni is likely to take up the petition for hearing on Thursday

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