The Maharashtra government on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that it would soon start home vaccination against COVID-19 for people who are immobile or bedridden on an experimental basis, and would not wait for an approval from the Centre.
The state government on Tuesday filed an affidavit in the HC, saying there would be conditions imposed, like taking a written consent from the beneficiary’s family and a certificate from the family doctor taking responsibility in case of any adverse reaction to the vaccine.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by two advocates – Dhruti Kapadia and Kunal Tiwari- seeking a direction to the Centre and the state government to introduce door-to-door vaccination for senior citizens above the age of 75, specially-abled people and those who are bed-ridden and hence, unable to move out of their homes.
On Tuesday, the government in its affidavit said it would have to first take approval from the Union government before starting home vaccinations against COVID-19.
The high court on Wednesday pointed out some media reports of nurses and doctors travelling to people’s homes in a hilly region of Tripura to administer the vaccine.
The court posted the matter for further hearing on Thursday in the judges’ chamber.
The HC also said the state government can go ahead with its home vaccination drive on an experimental basis and need not wait for orders from the court.