The Centre filed its affidavit within the apex courtroom responding to a PIL filed by former member of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation Jacob Puliyel looking for route for making public segregated knowledge from the scientific trials of the vaccines. He additionally pleaded that the governments ought to be restrained from making vaccination necessary for folks.
The authorities stated the vaccination continues to be voluntary. It, nevertheless, stated that the governemnt was encouraging folks to get vaccinated because it was the one approach to defend them from the pandemic.
“Any misgivings and misconceived doubts and motivated propaganda against vaccination can only result in a potential threat of setting vaccine hesitancy again, which will not be in public interest. Once it is placed before this that there is a statutory regime in place and the regime is followed then this court may not undertake the exercise any further as it would enable the petitioner and handful of others like him to create serious misgivings and misconceived doubts against the vaccination in the process of this petition itself,” the affidavit.
The Centre stated the vaccines, which have undergone the statutory regime, are protected . “At this juncture, the entire concentration of the Central government and the state governments should be and is on vaccination drive and encouraging people to get them vaccinated. It is, therefore, not desirable at this juncture to invest time finding out motives behind few elements attempting to act against the interest of the nation at the cost of violating the right of crores of citizens to be protected from pandemic,” the affidavit stated.
“The percentage of such effects having serious/severe (including deaths) in case of both Covaxin and Covishield is less than 0.01%,” it stated.