No one Can Be Forced to Vaccinate: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court on Monday said that no person can be forced to Vaccinate. Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice B.R. Gavai said the restrictions imposed by various organisations, institutions and governments on unvaccinated people are not proportionate.

The bench suggested that state governments should lift such restrictions until the numbers are reduced.

The bench said that since physical autonomy/physical integrity is a constitutional right, no person can be compelled to vaccinate. The court also said that the current Covid-19 policy of the government is not arbitrary.

The top court directed the Center to make public the data on adverse events of COVID-19 Vaccination.

The top court said that governments have not given any data to prove that non-vaccinated people spread more virus than vaccinated people, and those who have not been vaccinated should not go to public places. should be stopped.

The apex court’s decision came on a petition filed by Jacob Pulliel, a former member of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization, seeking data on clinical trials and adverse effects of COVID vaccines and vaccine mandates issued by some state governments. was also challenged. Puliyel was represented by Advocate Prashant Bhushan.

During the hearing, the Center had told the apex court that as on March 13, more than 180 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered and the adverse events reported from time to time were 77,314 till March 12, which is the total number of vaccinations. is 0.004 percent. Center insists that separate clinical data cannot be demanded by anyone under the guise of filing a PIL

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on behalf of the Center and Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati presented the government’s side before the court.

Bharat Biotech International Limited, represented by advocate Vipin Nair, told the Supreme Court that all necessary clinical trials of Covaxin have been conducted and Phase III efficacy trials have shown that it is 77.8 percent effective against COVID.

The vaccine maker said it has extensively published clinical trial findings in publicly available reputable peer-reviewed journals and on its website.

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