Jammu and Kashmir High Court lawyers below 45 to get priority COVID vaccine from May 11 after High Court order:
After the Jammu wing of the Jammu & Kashmir High Court Bar Association passed an order to that effect on Thursday, members of the Jammu wing of the Jammu & Kashmir High Court Bar Association who are under the age of 45 years will be given COVID vaccine on a priority basis starting May 11. Authorities have decided to initiate vaccination for lawyers between the ages of 18 and 45, according to the High Court's orders, according to the Jammu wing of the Bar Association. It is for the information of all members of the J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu, who are under the age of 45, that the authorities have decided to start vaccination drives for lawyers in the age group of 18-45 in the High Court complex itself on May 11, 2021, i.e. Tuesday 10 am onwards, with the kind intervention of Hon'ble Chief Justice of the J&K High Court, the notice said.Members should carry their Aadhaar, PAN, and Identity cards with them so that registration can be completed on the spot, according to the notice. The Bar Association's Srinagar branch is yet to make a decision in this matter. The Jammu & Kashmir High Court, in a significant order issued on Thursday, directed the Government of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) to provide High Court lawyers between the ages of 18 and 45 who are registered for vaccination with a group or an appropriate slot be provided to them on priority if possible within two weeks from the date of registration (Court on Its Own). In the case of lawyers over 45 years old, the government has agreed to enrol and vaccinate them as a party, claiming that it would not be difficult. The Court then ordered that the exercise involving lawyers over the age of 45 years be completed within a week, starting tomorrow, May 6, 2021. Lawyers between the ages of 18 and 45 are advised to register for vaccination online according to the prescribed form, and once enrolled, they will be provided with the opportunity to be vaccinated in a community on suitable dates and times. In the event that a lawyer's family requires financial assistance, whether due to medical expenses or death, the family members can submit an application to the Bar Association. When the application is received, the Court will accept it as soon as possible and will make every effort to offer the most financial assistance possible from the welfare fund. At the same time, the government is directed to consider making additional budgetary allocations, as the available funds might not be adequate to fulfil the requirement, according to the order. The order was issued by a bench of Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Sanjay Dhar in a public interest litigation case concerning the COVID-19 pandemic that the Court began last year. When the second wave of the pandemic hit, the Court was debating different issues in the case, which resulted in one of many new issues. Amicus Curiae Monika Kohli raised the question of lawyers at the High Court's Jammu and Srinagar wings being infected with the pandemic at the time. She also suggested that the families of lawyers who died recently as a result of Covid-19 be given some financial help.