Supreme Court says that government cannot force people to corona vaccine
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said that no person can be compelled to get vaccinated. A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai observed that the physical integrity of a person cannot be breached without permission under Article 21. In such a situation, vaccination cannot be made compulsory in the country.
Corona vaccine has been given to about 188 crore people in the country so far. These include both first and second doses.
The Supreme Court says that the conditions imposed by some state governments, banning non-vaccinated people in public places is not right. Besides this, the SC has also directed the Center to make public the data on the adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccination.
However, the Court also said that it is satisfied that the existing vaccine policy cannot be termed as unreasonable and outright arbitrary. The SC says that the government can only make policy and impose certain conditions for the benefit of the public.
Petitioner Jacob Pulial said that many states have issued orders to make corona vaccination mandatory, which is wrong.
Center had filed an affidavit on January 17, 2022, the Center had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Corona Vaccination. The Center had said in its affidavit that corona vaccination is not mandatory across the country, nor is there any pressure on anyone to get the vaccine.
More than 5 lakh people died due to corona in the country
So far, a total of 43 million people have been infected with corona in the country, while 5.2 lakh people have died. According to the Ministry of Health, 4.2 crore people have recovered from Corona in the country. In the last 24 hours, 3,157 new cases of Kovid have come.