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SC seeks response from Center on petition to give priority to pregnant women in vaccination

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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a plea seeking priority in COVID-19 vaccination keeping pregnant and lactating women in the high-risk category. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and BV Nagarathna issued notice to the Center on a plea by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) and sought its response within two weeks.

Advocate Vrinda Grover, appearing for DCPCR, submitted that the Center has issued some guidelines for vaccination of pregnant women and lactating mothers but now it is being said that some adverse effects may be caused to them due to vaccination.

He said that in these situations there is a need to declare women in the high-risk category and that because people are battling a virus about which they do not know much, there is a need for continuous research on the effects of vaccination on them. Is.

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He said that there is a need to create a platform for registration of pregnant women and lactating mothers so that they can be properly monitored. The apex court said that the petition filed by the DCPCR under Article 32 was filed in May this year amid the second wave of COVID-19 and the subsequent issue of guidelines for vaccination of pregnant women and lactating mothers.

The bench said it is issuing notice to the central government and wants its reply in two weeks. The top court asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to apprise him of the policy framed for vaccination of pregnant women and lactating mothers and also sought his assistance regarding the future course of action in the matter.

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