38.6c New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024

Kerala High Court Allows Centre's Appeal Against Single Judge Decision to Reduce Covishield Dose Interval

By Dolly Chhabda      07 December, 2021 01:45 PM      0 Comments
Kerala High Court Allows Centre's Appeal Against Single Judge Decision to Reduce Covishield Dose Interval

A division bench of the Kerala High Court on Friday (December 3, 2021) quashed the single judge's order directing the Union Government to allow taking the second jab of the Covishield four weeks after the first dose and before the prescribed 84-day gap for those who are willing to take it.

The division bench quashed the order saying it was a matter of policy decision by the Central Government.

A single judge had earlier asked the central government to allow the second jab after four weeks by scheduling the vaccination dates on the Cowin portal for those who are willing to take the second jab earlier than the prescribed gap of 84 days.

The court issued the order following an appeal filed by the central government seeking to quash the single judge's order. The single judge had issued the directive on the petition filed by Kitex Garments Ltd, Kizhakambalam seeking to allow it to vaccinate more than 10000 workers before the prescribed 84-day gap. Then the Union government filed an appeal before the Division Bench.

The Central Government argued that the judgment of the single judge if not set aside would result in disorder in the implementation of the strategy of the Union government to fight COVID-19.

In the appeal, the government submitted that the minimum duration of 12 weeks was stipulated based on scientific evidence, which constituted the basis of the National Covid Vaccination policy.

The single judge had allowed the petition on the premise that the government had earlier relaxed the vaccination interval in respect of certain classes of persons, who have to go abroad.

According to the Central Government, any change in the policy can only be carried out based on the necessary approvals and clinical trials. The judgment of the single judge will derail the vaccination policy throughout the country.

Share this article:

Leave a feedback about this


Trending Judiciary
Plea filed in SC for fresh NEET

Plea filed in Supreme Court seeks fresh NEET-UG 2024 exams due to alleged paper leaks and malpractices. Petitioners demand a Special Investigation Team and preventive measures.

11 June, 2024 10:49 AM
Trending Judiciary
'Plant 30 trees', Delhi HC orders senior citizen accused of outraging woman's modesty

Plant 30 trees Delhi High Court orders senior citizen accused of outraging womans modesty

11 June, 2024 11:17 AM
Trending Judiciary
No liability under NI Act for dishonoured cheques of merged banks presented after validity period [Read Order]

Allahabad High Court rules that dishonoured cheques from merged banks presented after the validity period won't attract liability under Section 138 of the NI Act.

11 June, 2024 11:29 AM
Trending Executive
Modi 3.0 Cabinet: Full list of ministers and their respective portfolios

Modi 3.0 Cabinet: Amit Shah, S. Jaishankar, Nirmala Sitharaman, and Rajnath Singh retain key roles; allies TDP, JD(U), LJP, JD(S) secure major ministries.

11 June, 2024 03:11 PM


Join Group

Signup for Our Newsletter

Get Exclusive access to members only content by email