NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to wade further into executive turf and rejected a PIL seeking door-to-door Covid vaccination drive, while reminding the petitioner that the court has already nudged the government towards announcing free universal immunisation of all above 18 years of age.
Petitioner Youth Bar Association pleaded that since “the third wave is round the corner”, the SC should step in to direct the Centre and states to complete vaccination of all adult population by invigorating the vaccination drive and by starting door-to-door inoculation.
A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud, Vikram Nath and Hima Kohli gave an earful to the petitioner for picking up an issue without doing any research. “No one applies their mind to its feasibility. Can we say the same condition prevails uniformly from Ladakh to Uttar Pradesh to Kerala? Can we as a court assess the feasibility of a door-to-door vaccination drive given the diverse geographic and pandemic situations as well as complexities of governance? There are issues which cannot be addressed through a single uniform direction for the entire country,” it said.
Justice Chandrachud-led bench said the SC has taken suo motu cognisance of the vaccination and covid situation and constituted a National Task Force to meet the exigencies of managing Covid situation as well as other related issues like vaccination.
The bench said, “The vaccination has proceeded quite satisfactorily and it cannot now be scrapped and ordered to be replaced with door-to-door vaccination.”
Advocate Sriram Parakkat, arguing for another PIL, sought a host of directions including treating each and every Covid death as a case of medical negligence and grant of suitable compensation. The bench termed the prayer and relief sought for as preposterous. “It would be fat fetched for the court to assume that all deaths happened because of medical negligence,” the bench said.

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