‘Deaths due Covid-19 vaccines should be compensated’: Kerala HC


New Delhi: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday made serious observations regarding deaths or adverse events related to Covid-19 vaccines. The court heard the case of Sayeeda KA v. Union of India. The Court called on the central government and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to take urgent action. They should provide guidance on the payment of compensation to the families of those who have died due to reactions to the Covid-19 vaccine.

That’s what the Court said

“This is a national calamity that we have faced. Of course, I understand that the case is very real and needs to be addressed. As far as the central government is concerned, similar questions arise in other states. Efforts must be made to formulate a suitable guideline, a suitable scheme for compensating these persons, and this is being done. Let them record the steps taken to ensure that I give a reasoned and considered order, not an empty one. It’s not ridiculous, I think it’s very serious,” he commented verbally.

The court recognized the seriousness of the submission

The Court deeply recognized the seriousness of the petition. The petitioner’s submission was aimed at scheduling the compensation procedure. As people face severe consequences due to the death of a family member of the earner.

“I consider the concern expressed by the learned consultant to be well-founded. The situation requires urgent action on the part of the National Disaster Management Authority,” states the Court’s order.

Who was the petitioner?

The Court heard the petition of a woman who lost her husband after the administration of the Covid-19 vaccine in August 2021.

What was the petition seeking?

The petitioner requested the Court to direct the NDMA to issue the guidelines within a specified time frame. This is because many others are stuck in a similar situation as the petitioner.

MoHFW formulates comprehensive guidelines

There are the same problems in different states, the central government adviser informed. Adverse effects following the inoculation of Covid-19 vaccines have surfaced in India.

The legal advisor also informed that the formulation of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is in progress. He said the guidelines would be submitted to the court within two weeks.

Petitioner’s attorney

The petitioner is represented by Advocates Manumon A and Prabhu KN. The case will go to court on August 30.

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