The Kerala High Court on Thursday asked the central government whether it is not the duty of the government to listen to the complaint if someone’s livelihood is lost due to the vaccine being administered by the government. The court, while hearing a petition filed regarding this matter, sought information from the government in this regard.
The petition has requested that the man be allowed to take the third dose of an internationally recognized vaccine so that he can return to Saudi Arabia where he worked as a welder before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Two doses of Covaxin vaccine are not approved or recognized in Saudi Arabia, hence the petitioner cannot be allowed to go there. Therefore the petitioner has moved the court for the third dose of the vaccine.
Justice PV Kunhikrishnan on Tuesday said that the court was not blaming the central government but when a citizen’s movement is restricted or his employment is lost due to the vaccine given, is it not the duty of the government to listen to his complaint. Is.
The court directed Assistant Solicitor General (ASG) Manu S. To get information about why Covaxin has not been approved in Saudi Arabia while the vaccine has been approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization.
The ASG said saving lives was a priority during the pandemic, so the central government could not wait for the vaccine to be internationally accepted at that time. He also said that the government has its limits when it comes to pressurizing any other country for something.
However, the court held that the loss of employment or restriction on travel of a citizen due to vaccination by the government amounted to violation of his fundamental rights. The High Court directed the ASG to obtain information about Saudi Arabia and inform it. Along with this, the court listed the matter for hearing on November 29.