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No one can be forced to take the vaccine, the Supreme Court said in a landmark decision on India’s Covid vaccine policy. The SC also directed the central government to publish reports on the adverse effects of vaccination. Bodily integrity is protected under the law and nobody can be forced to be vaccinated,” the Supreme Court said. The court asserted, however, that certain limitations on individual rights could be imposed in the interest of community health. Barring Covid-appropriate behavior, judges suggest no curbs on unvaccinated individuals in access to public places, services, and resources if cases are low. Restrictions imposed on individuals through vaccine mandates cannot be called to be proportionate, the court said. A reference to many states making it essential for people to get the Covid shot to access public places. Till infection numbers are low SC suggests that no restriction is imposed on individuals on access to public places, services, and resources. Recall the same if already done,” the Supreme Court ordered.
Supreme Court Justices LN Rao and BR Gavai added that their directives did not extend to Covid-appropriate behavior. But we’re limited to vaccines in the “rapidly evolving situation. The Supreme Court also directed the Centre to publish reports on adverse events of vaccines from people. And doctors on a publicly accessible system, without compromising the details of the individuals reporting them. Regarding segregation of vaccine trial data, subject to the privacy of individuals. All trials already conducted and to be subsequently conducted. All data must be made available to the public without further delay,” the court said. Regarding vaccines for children, it is not possible for us to second guess the opinion of experts. The vaccination indeed follows global standards and practices. However, data of adverse reactions should be published at the earliest.”
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