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Maharashtra to start home vaccination for bedridden people on trial basis: Government to HC

The Maharashtra government added that it wanted to inform the court and the petitioner on the conditions for such a drive, and it was open to suggestions and objections.

Maharashtra to start home vaccination for bedridden people on trial basis: Government to HC-dnm
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Mumbai, First Published Jun 30, 2021, 4:43 PM IST
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Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that it would soon start home vaccination against Covid-19 for people who are immobile or bedridden on an experimental basis and would not wait for an approval from the Centre.

The drive will commence on an experimental basis, starting with Pune and subsequently, in other districts, the state said.

The Maharashtra government added that it wanted to inform the court and the petitioner on the conditions for such a drive, and it was open to suggestions and objections.

State Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni told a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni that, “We will not refer the proposal to start home vaccination to the Centre for approval. We (state government) will take our own decision. We will explore this possibility (home vaccination) on a trial basis in Pune district.”

The state government on Tuesday filed an affidavit in the HC, saying there would be conditions imposed, like taking a written consent from the beneficiary's family and a certificate from the family doctor taking responsibility in case of any adverse reaction to the vaccine.

The HC on Wednesday said the condition asking for a certificate from a doctor was "impractical".

The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by two advocates - Dhruti Kapadia and Kunal Tiwari- seeking a direction to the Centre and the state government to introduce door-to-door vaccination for senior citizens above the age of 75, specially-abled people and those who are bed-ridden and hence, unable to move out of their homes.

On Tuesday, the government in its affidavit said it would have to first take approval from the Union government before starting home vaccinations against Covid-19.

This prompted the court to question why the approval was required when other states like Kerala, Jharkhand and Bihar have already started door-to-door vaccination.

The high court on Wednesday pointed out some media reports of nurses and doctors travelling to people's homes in a hilly region of Tripura to administer the vaccine.

The court posted the matter for further hearing on Thursday in the judges' chamber.

“We will hear the matter tomorrow in chambers in the presence of the chairman of the State COVID-19 Task Force,” the bench said.

The HC also said the state government can go ahead with its home vaccination drive on an experimental basis and need not wait for orders from the court.

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