Karnataka High Court directs State to evolve plan for COVID-19 vaccination of persons with benchmark disabilities on priority basis

By way of an interim direction, the Karnataka High Court today directed the State government to immediately evolve a mechanism for COVID-19 vaccination of persons with benchmark disabilities on priority basis.
This apart, a Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj passed the following directions:
• State may consider directing District Disability Officer to receive requests for vaccination by persons with disabilities or their caregivers by SMS, email or WhatsApp.
• State to make effective arrangements for providing vaccination to persons with benchmark disabilities by ensuring that they are not required to wait in queues at vaccination centres.
• The State shall also consider providing door-step vaccination in cases of those persons who are unable to travel or move owing to their disabilities.
• State to evolve a scheme for complying with aforesaid directions.
The Court was hearing a petition seeking COVID-19 vaccination for persons with disabilities on a priority basis.
In its order, the Court had further clarified that while considering providing COVID-19 vaccination to persons with benchmark disabilities, even caregivers of such persons should be given vaccination on priority basis.
The matter will be next heard on May 12, when the State shall file a memo informing the Court on the steps it has undertaken to this end.

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