Eligibility Criteria For Vaccine Can’t Be Based On Professio
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The Centre has said that the decision to have criteria for those eligible to get Covid-19 vaccine is based on vulnerability of citizens to the disease and is a purely executive decision that may not be subjected to judicial review.

Taking a strong stand against allowing vaccination for judges, lawyers and court staff who don’t fit into the current category of either above 60 years of age or having listed comorbidities, the Centre told the Delhi high court that any specific classification either based upon the nature of trade, profession or otherwise is neither possible nor advisable.

It made the submission in its affidavit filed in response to a PIL initiated by the high court. The manufacturer has moved the Supreme Court seeking to transfer all such petitions pending in high courts across India to the apex court as the issue concerns everyone. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, on behalf of the Centre, also urged the high court to wait till March 15 when the SC is likely to take up the plea.

Solicitor General Mehta told the high court bench that “the central government has taken this decision of classification on the basis of age, vulnerability and comorbidity. Even the executive and legislature are not entitled for vaccines right now unless they are above 60 years of age or between the age of 45 and 59 years with comorbidities.”

“Even all doctors are not included presently. Only those doctors or health workers potentially or directly exposed to Covid-19 patients are covered,” the law officer contended, adding that eventually everyone under the age of 45 years will also be covered. A layered approach is being taken towards vaccination not just in India but also across the world, he added.

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