On Monday, the Center in a response to a plea filed by an NGO seeking door-to-door Covid vaccination for persons with disabilities in the Supreme Court said the COVID-19 vaccine cannot be forced without obtaining the consent of an individual.
According to a report by NDTV, the Center said this in its affidavit filed in response to a plea by NGO Evara Foundation seeking door-to-door, priority COVID-19 vaccination for persons with disabilities.
Health Ministry does not entertain forcible vaccination without obtaining consent
It stated that the guidelines set by the Union health ministry do not entertain forcible vaccination without obtaining the consent of an individual.
“It is submitted that the direction and guidelines released by Government of India and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare do not envisage any forcible vaccination without obtaining the consent of the concerned individual,” the ministry said.
Awareness is created through various mediums to vaccinate themselves but
“It is duly advised, advertised and communicated through various print and social media platforms that all citizens should get vaccinated and systems and processes have been designed to facilitate the same. However, no person can be forced to be vaccinated against their wishes,” it added.