Judges of the Supreme Court, sitting as well as former, and their families are to get vaccinated from today.The second phase of vaccination started yesterday, and the Prime Minister, Home Minister and several other ministers have been vaccinated.
On March 1, India’s vaccination drive also entered the 40th day. According to health ministry data, the cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered since January 16 crossed 1.47 crore on Monday.In the second phase, senior citizens and citizens who are above the age of 45 and suffering from comorbidities are eligible to get vaccinated.
People eligible for vaccination in the second phase can make an appointment using CoWin 2.0 portal. They can also use other platforms like Aarogya Setu App.Supreme Court judges and their families who fall within this category have been given preference.Out of 30 judges, Justice Surya Kant who is 59 years old is not eligible for vaccination.
The Supreme Court registry has arranged a vaccination facility on the premises in addition to the ones at the government hospitals listed for the vaccination. The cost of vaccination will be as per the Central government’s guidelines.
The judges will not be able to choose between Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech, and Covishield, developed by Pune’s Serum Institute of India.The apex court is gearing up to resume physical hearing soon, after it switched to video-conference hearing since March 24, 2020.