In the wake of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lawyer has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition in the Supreme Court seeking immunization of COVID-19 for all those above 18 years of age.
Advocate Rashmi Singh has filed a PIL, stating that comprehensive vaccination of all young and working populations is necessary to stop the deadly surge of coronavirus in its second wave.
A division bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy will consider the petition for admission on Monday 19 April.
As per the current norms of the Central Government, COVID-19 vaccination is available only to those above 45 years of age. The vaccination, which opened to the general public (other than frontline warriors) from 1 March, was initially restricted to those over 60 years of age and over 45 years of age with co-death. From 1 April, vaccines were opened to everyone over the age of 45, despite having co-morbidities.
The petitioner stated that several experts, including the Indian Medical Association, have demanded the ramping up of vaccination for COVID. Some experts have been quoted as saying that India needs to deliver at least 10 million doses per day to deal with the situation.