A petition has been filed in Bombay High Court seeking directions to the Centre to make a policy to provide Covid vaccines to Specially Abled, Senior Citizens and Medically challenged citizens by offering them door to door vaccination services.
Two advocates from Maharashtra (Dhruti Kapadia and Kunal Tiwari) have sought directions to competent authorities to provide a health line number to senior citizens for booking appointments with doctors for vaccination.
Another direction sought was that authorities should provide ambulances to vulnerable persons to move out of their house to get vaccinated. They urged the Court to waive the requirement to enter PAN and Aadhar details for booking an appointment.
The petitions read that even though the Centre and State government do exceptional work in the vaccination drive, they have not considered bedridden people who cannot move out of their houses. They also suggested that door-to-door vaccination should be done to persons of highly advanced age (75 plus), bedridden people, and physically challenged people.
As per the petitioners, they received calls from senior citizens who told them about the following issues:-
- Some senior citizens are bedridden but would like to get vaccinated.
- Senior citizens of 75+ age who don’t have enough strength to visit vaccination centres.
- Senior citizens who don’t know how to book online appointments.
- Citizens who are medically unwell and don’t have Aadhar r PAN numbers.
- There are long queues at the vaccination centres.
The petitioners have submitted that if the respondents( Centre and State Government) are unable to vaccinate people of advanced age, it will violate Article 21 of the Constitution. They also suggested that the government should fix a charge of Rs 500 for door to door vaccination services.