Due to the threat posed by the second wave of Covid pandemic, Allahabad High Court has asked the UP government to consider administering the vaccine to all citizens and not just to people over 45 years of age.
A Division Bench comprising Hon’ble Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Hon’ble Justice Siddhartha Varma expressed their concern for students who would appear in Uttar Pradesh Intermediate and High School Examinations.
Recently, Prakash Javadekar (Union Minister) stated that from 1st April, all people above 45 years of age should get vaccines for Covid-19.
Hon’ble Court has also directed the Government to work on a door to door vaccination policy to combat the rise in cases.
These observations were made when the Bench heard a suo moto case that it had registered last year.
During today’s hearing, the Bench noted that even though the Government had taken necessary steps, the state’s citizens were not in its directions. The Bench further directed DM’s of all districts to ensure strict compliance of directions issued by the UP government.
Apart from the directions mentioned above, the Court issued the following directions:-
- Police and administration should ensure that everyone is wearing a mask, and DGP should chalk out a plan for this purpose.
- Authorities and police should ensure that no crowding occurs anywhere, and if there is a chance of crowding, they should cordon off the area.
- Panchayat Raj Elections should be held in such a way that no crowding takes place. Police should ensure that all Covid-19 protocols are observed.
- Government should examine the viability of night curfew to check the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
- Government should consider distributing masks and sanitisers by using the fine earned from violation of Covid 19 protocol.