The Bombay High Court on Monday observed that there is no prohibition imposed by the Centre till now on States from carrying out door to door COVID-19 vaccination for the elderly and disabled citizens.
The Court was hearing a PIL seeking door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination for citizens above 75 years of age and persons with physical disabilities.
The Bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni observed that, “it clearly appears to us that there is no categorical prohibition imposed by the Central Government for the States to undertake a door to door vaccination programme, for the elderly and disabled citizens as described by us in paragraph one of our order dated June 9, 2021.”
Further the bench asked Maharashtra Government to take an appropriate decision on the issue and said, “We accordingly, adjourn the proceedings to Tuesday next (June 22, 2021), to enable the State Government to take an appropriate decision on the issue of door to door vaccination of the elderly and disabled. In the event a decision is taken permitting door to door vaccination, prior to the adjourned date of hearing, all concerned shall be free to implement the same immediately.”