Vaccination for disabled people to be a priority: Karnataka High Court

Karnataka High Court

The Karnataka High Court, today, via an interim direction, indicated the State Government to evolve a mechanism to vaccinate people against Covid-19 with disabilities on a priority basis. The following orders passed by the Division Bench consisting of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj. 

  1. The District Disability Officer, per the order of the State, could receive vaccination requests from the disabled people via SMS, email or WhatsApp.
  2. Also, the State must make significant arrangements for disabled people to receive the vaccine and avoid waiting in queues at such facilities. 
  3. Disabled people are unable to move and make it to the vaccination facility, the State must consider providing them with a door-step vaccination service. 
  4. A scheme should be designed to implement these directions by the State. 

The matter concerning the vaccination of disabled people heard on a priority basis by the Court. With this, the Court clarified that the caregivers of these disabled people must receive the vaccine on a priority basis. Lastly, the steps taken to this effect could reflect at the hearing scheduled on May 12, 2021. 

Mihir Popat
I am a 2nd-year student of Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University. I stand by the concept of Kobayashi Maru that is winning a non-win situation by rewriting the rules. As a first-generation lawyer, my goal is to make never-ending contributions to the legal fraternity through my knowledge of the Law gained through hard work and perseverance.