The Centre has informed the Apex Court that it may not be desirable to create a separate class for advocates and other judicial system members who are below 45 years of age and discriminate against persons engaged in other trades for the Covid vaccine priority list.
The government further submitted that it is not in the public’s larger interest to subclassify the covid 19 vaccine priority list based on profession, business, trade, etc.
Centre had filed the affidavit in a PIL filed by one Arvind Singh, who sought inclusion of judges, lawyers and court staff in the vaccine priority list.
In its affidavit, the Centre stated that it has immense respect for the legal profession and lawyers and other members who fall under the current priority list will get vaccinated.
Regarding the export of vaccine to other countries, the Centre stated that they have only exported a limited quantity while the highest priority to domestic needs. They have claimed that the export of vaccines is important to protect high-risk populations in other countries.
Centre’s affidavit further reads that due to limited manufacturers and limited availability of the vaccines, there is a need to prioritise beneficiaries. NGEVAC does this prioritization with WHO’s help.
Lastly, the Centre submitted that over 50 are included in the priority list as they are vulnerable, and senior citizens above 60 are given preference as they are at a higher risk.
On Monday, the Court adjourned the case to 18.03.2021, and now the Court will also take up transfer petitions filed by Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute.