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SC seeks Centre's reply on plea for priority Covid-19 vaccination of pregnant women

SC seeks Centres reply on plea for priority Covid-19 vaccination of pregnant women

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Union government over a petition seeking directions to the latter to classify pregnant women and lactating mothers as "high-risk" category for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), and, as such, give them priority for vaccination against the viral illness, news agency IANS reported.

Advocate Vrinda Grover, representing DCPCR, submitted before a bench comprising justices D.Y. Chandrachud and B.V. Nagarathna that after the petition was filed in May this year, the Centre had issued operational guidelines on vaccination for pregnant and lactating women. She added, however, now they say that there may be some adverse effect on them due to vaccination.

She contended that there is a need to declare women with such conditions as high-risk categories.

Grover added there is a need to conduct continuous research on the effects of vaccination on them, along with creation of a platform for pregnant and lactating mothers to register, which is necessary for effective monitoring.

The bench said it will issue notice to the Union of India and sought its response in two weeks and also sought assistance of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to apprise the court about the policy which has been formulated for the vaccination of pregnant women and lactating mothers.

The Learned Solicitor General is required to assist the court on the policy which has been formulated & applicable guidelines that are to be framed", the bench noted in its order.

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