The Kerala High Court on Tuesday sought the Centre to explain if the 84-day delay between Covidshield injections is owing to vaccine scarcity or scientific proof of greater effectiveness by waiting longer (Kitex Garments Limited v. State of Kerala).
According to press sources, the time between vaccination injections has been extended due to enhanced effectiveness studies, but it is essential to study scientific evidence and the findings of any research on the subject.
It also highlighted that if it is a question of availability, there is no reason to prohibit those who can buy the vaccine directly from receiving both doses sooner.
“If it is a question of availability, there is no reason to deny the petitioner. Hundreds of individuals who can afford to buy directly are waiting because of this limitation “it said.
During the hearing, Justice Kumar noted that the Central and State governments seem to be avoiding responsibility.
“The central government appears to blame the state. The state administration claims it is waiting 84 days as per the Central Government’s directives “it said.
Kitex Garments Limited pleaded with the Court to give the second dosage of the vaccination to its workers without waiting the 84-day term since it had bought enough vaccine.
The petitioner’s lawyer, Blaze K Jose, said the 84-day vaccination gap was mandated by the Central government.
He argues that when a person or business pays for the vaccination directly, that requirement is not required.
There may not be many obstacles for the petitioner and other similarly situated people and businesses if it is a question of availability.
That said, if the interval is recommended due to research demonstrating better effectiveness or harmful consequences from giving dosages over a longer time, the issue requires more examination. So the Court ordered the Assistant Solicitor General to quickly obtain the Central Government’s answer and submit it together with any scientific research done on the vaccine’s effectiveness.