Kochi: The Kerala High Court upheld the Central Government's appeal against a single judge's order to allow the second dose of Covishield vaccine to be given before the 84-day waiting period.
a bench led by Chief Justice S Manikumar issued a new decision allowing the second dose of Covishield to be given after 28 days of the first treatment In the private sector.. The court highlighted that there have been exemptions to the normal 84-day time between the two shots for officials attending meetings and students studying abroad, and that delaying it would be unfair because the vaccinations have already been acquired by firms.
In a plea filed last month, the Kitex group of enterprises stated that they had purchased the vaccination doses that would be provided to its employees. After the first treatment, the second dose could only be administered after 84 days, which Kitex disputed, claiming that because they had already purchased the vaccines, if the administration was delayed, the vaccines would expire and have to be thrown away. The Centre objected vigorously, but the court overruled them, stating that while officials and students have already received exemptions, it is not fair to deny employees the second dose, which may be delivered immediately.