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Kerala HC asks Centre basis for 84-day gap between Covishield shots

The court sought the clarification while considering a petition from KITEX garments, which sought relaxation in the 84-day gap for administering the second dose of Covishield to its employees

By: Express News Service | Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: August 25, 2021 6:56:50 am
Kitex in its plea has said that it has already vaccinated more than 5,000 of its workers with the first dose and has arranged for the second dose, but was unable to administer the same due to the prevailing restrictions | Representational image/Express photo by Partha Paul

The Kerala High Court on Tuesday sought the Centre’s opinion on the 84-day gap between the two doses of Covid-19 vaccine Covishield.

The court sought the clarification while considering a petition from KITEX garments, which sought permission for administering the second dose of Covishield to its employees. The firm said it had purchased the second dose of vaccine for its employees, but could not be administered due to the gap fixed between the two doses.

While hearing the plea, the bench of Justice P B Suresh Kumar asked whether the mandated gap between the two doses was meant for effectiveness of the vaccine or due to the shortage in the supply of vaccine. The state government informed the court that it was following the guidelines issued by the Union Government. Hence, the court sought a response from the Centre by Thursday.

KITEX moved the HC after the state health department denied the company permission to administer the second dose of the Covishield vaccine after 45 days of the first dose. Although the Union Government extended the gap between two doses to 84 days, the petitioner pointed out that the state had relaxed the norm for overseas passengers. It also stated that while vaccinating the health workers, the gap between two doses was only 45 days.

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