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No individual can be forced to get vaccinated: Supreme Court

2/05/2022 at 1:57 PM

New Delhi, May 2: No individual can be forced to get vaccinated as “bodily integrity is a part of the fundamental right to life under Article 21”,

The Supreme Court said on Monday during a hearing on the government’s current policy. The top court has directed all authorities and educational institutions, including the private ones, “to review all vaccine mandates if not already recalled.” The government’s current vaccine policy has been found by the court to be not “unreasonable”, considering the seriousness of illness, reduction in oxygen levels, mortality rate and expert opinion, the bench said.

A bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao and B.R. Gavai said that restrictions imposed on the unvaccinated people by different organizations, institutions, and governments are not proportional. The bench suggested till numbers are low, state governments must remove such restrictions.

The top court further directed the Centre to make public the data on adverse events of Covid-19 vaccination.

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