The Center will hear the appeal which was filed against the permission to take the second dose only after four weeks of the first dose.
Kochi: The Kerala High Court said that it will hear the central government’s appeal after three days against allowing the second dose of Kovishield four weeks after the first dose. A single judge bench of the High Court had allowed people who wanted to take a second dose four weeks after the first dose of the vaccine. However, as per the guidelines of the Central Government, it is suggested to take the second dose 84 days after the first dose. Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chali did not pass any interim order in the matter and fixed September 30 for next hearing.Also Read – Kerala: 15,951 new cases of corona virus in a day, 165 more patients died
The central government has challenged the order of a single bench of Justice PB Suresh Kumar on September 3. The single bench had given this order on the petition of Kitex Garments Limited. It was requested in this petition that the employees of the company be allowed to take the second dose in advance instead of stopping for 84 days after the first dose of vaccine. Kitex had also said that it administered the first dose of the anti-Covid vaccine to more than five thousand of its employees and arranged for the second dose, which cost around Rs 93 lakh, but due to the restrictions, the employees could not get the second dose. Also Read – Strange demand of a person from Madhya Pradesh, said – I will get corona vaccine installed only in the presence of PM Modi
Advocate Blaise K., appearing for the company. Jose said that the bench on Monday directed Kitex to submit the details of vaccination of the employees. Jose said the Center has sought an interim stay on the September 3 order, which was turned down by the bench. Also Read – Corona Vaccine: So far 85 crore people have got corona vaccine in the country, the Ministry of Health gave the figures
Assistant Solicitor General P Vijayakumar, appearing for the central government, said that since the company has not yet filed a contempt petition regarding compliance of the September 3 order, the request for stay was not made. The central government has said in its appeal that if the order of the single judge is not set aside, then the vaccination policy in the country may derail and the central government’s strategy to combat Kovid-19 will not be implemented properly.