The Delhi High Court on Tuesday said wastage of even a single shot of the COVID-19 vaccine would be a criminal waste and directed the Centre to vaccinate whomsoever regardless of age to ensure each vial is used fully.
The Court was hearing a petition concerning the COVID-19 situation regarding beds, oxygen supply, RT-PCR tests, etc. in the national capital.
A Division Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli stated that as per one of the reports, as many as about 44 lakhs vaccines have been wasted out of the 10 crores vaccines allocated to different States. This is because of the restriction with regard to the age, or category of people who are entitled to take the vaccine.
The bench further observed, “Wastage of even a single dose of vaccine, when the same is proving to be life–saving, would be a criminal waste. We are informed that each vial of the vaccine has 10 doses. Once the vial is opened, it has to be either fully consumed, or the remainder goes waste. It should be possible for the Government(s) to devise ways and means so as to register volunteers who may be below the age group of 45 years, and above the age of 18 years – who could be called upon to take the residual doses of vaccine, in case, there are doses left unutilised after, say, 05.00 P.M on each day. That would ensure that all the doses are fully utilised, and not wasted. We may observe that this flexibility is available in other countries such as United States of America. For this purpose, the Government should modify their mobile COVIN application appropriately, urgently.”
The bench directed the Central Government to look into the aspect of bed allocation for COVID patients and report status in this regard in next hearing.
The matter will be scheduled on April 22.