The third wave of the corona epidemic is expected to arrive soon. Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court on Monday asked the Maharashtra government whether citizens who had received both the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine would need a third or booster dose in future. Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice GS Kulkarni noted that recently the Maharashtra COVID-19 Taskforce had noted that citizens should be given a third or booster dose to protect themselves from multiple forms of the corona virus, despite taking either Covishield or Covaccine. may be required.
“Please check whether the third or booster dose is required,” the bench said. The High Court asked Maharashtra’s Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, “The state task force had stated that 10 months from receiving the second dose of Covishield and six months from receiving the second dose of Covaccine may require a third dose.” Is it still so.’ The High Court is hearing PILs seeking redressal of issues related to management of resources to deal with COVID-9, preparedness for the third wave of the pandemic and problems faced while booking vaccination slots on the Kovin portal.
1.13 crore people have received both doses
The Maharashtra government informed the bench that out of 12.23 crore people in the state, 3.35 crore have been given the first dose of anti-COVID-19 vaccine. A total of 1.13 crore people have been given both the doses. The state government also told the court that it was facing a shortfall in the vaccine allocation from the central government. A doctor told the high court that till date at least two million people in the city were to get their second dose, but the city was getting only five to seven lakh vials of the vaccine on a daily basis.
Hearing to continue on August 23
Two of the above petitions, advocates Anita Castellino and Jamshed Master, pointed out that in some cases, vaccination certificates are being issued to citizens with wrong names and batch numbers and no mechanism exists to modify the same. The High Court directed both the State and the Central Government to file their respective affidavits addressing all the concerns raised during the hearing. The High Court will continue hearing on these petitions on August 23.