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Supreme Court Directs Notice to Centre on Vaccination for Pregnant Women

The Supreme Court issued a notice to the Union government on Monday in response to a plea seeking orders to identify pregnant women and nursing mothers as “high-risk” for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and give them a priority for immunization against the virus. A panel of Justices DY Chandrachud and BV Nagarathna ordered the Centre respond to the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights’ petition within two weeks.

During the hearing, child rights advocate Vrinda Grover noted that, even though the Central government published guidelines for inoculating pregnant women against Covid-19, it is now being suggested that vaccination might cause “adverse effects.” 

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The Supreme Court’s Grover submitted that the platform to register pregnant women should be established to properly monitor them: “There is a need for continued examination in order to observe the effects of the vaccination on women, for conditions such as high-risk categories and because they are dealing with a virus, they are unable to understand.

The DCPCR urged the Top legal officer, solicitor General Tushar Mehta, to inform them of the policy of vaccination management in pregnant women during the second Wave of the Coronavirus Pandemic, and what further actions may be done.

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Women who are pregnant will now be eligible for the ongoing countrywide immunization drive, which began on January 16, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW). To date, at least 800 million doses of Covid-19 vaccination have been distributed across the country as part of the exercise.

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