Updated: July 1, 2021 3:45:16 am
The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy made the observation during the hearing of a PIL raising concerns over the vaccination of people with disabilities, including those who are unable to travel.
The court observed that unvaccinated people can be carriers of the coronavirus after the state, in its submission, referred to a section of people who are hesitant to get the jab.
“Vaccinating a person may not only be to protect that individual but also in the larger interest of public health. When such a larger cause of public health comes into play, it is possible that a person who has not taken the vaccine may not reveal any symptoms but still be a silent carrier… (So) It is doubtful whether the right to refuse to take the vaccine can be exercised in such circumstances”, the court said.
The court asked the state to carry out campaigns to make people aware of the efficacy of the vaccine. It also hoped that the state would take the steps necessary to take care of people with disabilities.