The Karnataka High Court observed that not providing the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine will amount to a violation of fundamental right to life under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution.
It stated that once the dose is due it is the duty of the state government to provide people with the second dose of the vaccine. There is sufficient quota of vaccines which ensure that every person entitled to be given the second dose of vaccine are provided with the same.
The division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar observed that the people should be told the truth of the matter and must be transparent to the members of the public. The court further asked the state to put up the data of available vaccines on some site and let people know the real picture.
It was noted that there are 31 lakh beneficiaries of the second dose while the sock of vaccines left is only around 12,32,960 doses. The court asked the central government to find a way to deal with the shortage of vaccines at the earliest.
One the issue of giving priority to the persons with disability the court observed that considering the situation priority will be given to providing second dose in order to save the wastage of national resource.