Bombay High Court has asked the central government to take a decision in this regards by June 1.
Answering the concerns of the Bombay High Court, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has affirmed that it is prepared to implement door-to-door vaccination if the central government approves of it. The civic body stated that extensive immunisation schedules will be executed after the centre frames an appropriate policy and issues relevant directives. Previously, the High Court asked BMC if it was ready to conduct door-to-door inoculation drives for the aged and specially-abled citizens.
Union government asked to take a call on the issue by June 1
Simultaneously, reports state the High Court has asked the union administration to take a call on such vaccination programs by June 1. It has also been reported that the state judicial authority will itself decide upon the issue if the centre doesn't take quick cognisance of the matter at hand. While the civic body had adhered to all the directives and guidelines given by the central government till now, it is awaiting the orders related to door-to-door vaccination.
In the past, the civic body has implemented inoculation drives for healthcare and frontline workers, at workplaces and in housing societies, in accordance with the centre's instructions. Currently, the authorities have deployed all their efforts to augment the stocks, in an attempt to accentuate large scale drives for the citizens above 18.
NEGVAC to consider the proposed alterations in the vaccination policy
Anticipating the incidence of adverse effects, the administration of vaccine doses has been limited to the designated centres till now. Questioning if vaccination leads to any serious effects, the Bombay HC said that people who cannot visit the immunisation site must not be deterred from procuring the immunity booster doses. Thereby, the National Expert Group for Vaccine Administration of Covid-19 has been asked to decide if the current policy can be tweaked to include door-to-door inoculation.