Delhi High Court seeks response from Centre, Delhi govt in plea for priority to persons with disabilities:
On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court issued notice in a petition seeking priority COVID-19 vaccination for people with disabilities (Mohd Faizal Nawaz vs GNCTD). In the petition filed by Mohd Faizal Nawaz and Meenu Mani, a Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh sought responses from the Delhi government and the Central government. Persons with disabilities, according to the petitioners, are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 because they have much more serious symptoms and a higher mortality rate than the general population. "Those with Down syndrome are at an elevated risk of contracting infectious diseases, generally of the upper respiratory tract, due to differences in their immune systems." Data from around the world suggests that people with developmental disorders have a higher mortality risk. Masks are not a choice for people with cerebral palsy, autism, or any other developmental condition since they are unfamiliar with the item, and drooling renders masks useless. As a result, the petitioners argue that extra consideration should be given to people with disabilities when administering the COVID-19 vaccine. Treating people with disabilities on an equal footing with people without disabilities is a violation of their right to dignity as well as their right to life...The constitutional mandate as submitted above has been legislative articulated in Section 25 (1) of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“RPWD”) Act, 2016, according to the plea. The petitioners requested that all consenting individuals with disabilities, as well as their caregivers, receive free vaccinations. Vaccination campaigns were also prayed for in hospitals for neglected and destitute disabled people, as well as mental health institutions and psychiatric nursing homes. Advocates Siddharth Seem and Joicy served the petitioners.