No one can be forced to take COVID-19 vaccination: Supreme Court
The Supreme Court directed the Union government to publish reports of adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccination.
Updated 2 May 2022, 5:18 pm
The Supreme Court on Monday stated that no one can be forced to take COVID-19 vaccination, and directed the Union government to make public the adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccination.
The SC bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai also said that bodily autonomy and integrity are protected under Article 21 of the Constitution, and upholds the current COVID-19 vaccine policy, saying it cannot be said to be manifestly arbitrary and unreasonable.
"Till numbers are low, we suggest that relevant orders are followed and no restriction is imposed on unvaccinated individuals on access to public areas or recall the same if already not done," the bench said.
The court also directed that all data of all trials conducted and to be subsequently conducted should be made available to the public without further delay.
The SC order was issued following the petition filed by one Jacob Puliyel, seeking directions for disclosure of data on clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines and post-jab cases, according to reports.
The petitioner had received Sputnik and since it is not approved by WHO he cannot travel abroad and thus he seeks voluntary re-vaccination, according to the Bar & Bench.