A pregnant woman, in New Delhi, has approached the High Court demanding that the centre should make the Covid-19 vaccine accessible to pregnant women on a priority basis.
The Centre's counsel has informed the high court that the government has been made aware of the issue and will release the final verdict on the matter, reports NDTV.
In the statement released by the Centre's counsel, Justice Amit Bansal also revealed that no further steps are being taken currently in regard to the women's petition.
Advocate Vasudha Zutshi, representing the woman, said the petitioner is in an advanced stage of pregnancy and desires to get vaccinated on a priority basis. She sought direction from the government to issue a fresh notification to include pregnant women in the vaccination drive on a priority basis.
Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma and central government standing counsel Anurag Ahluwalia said National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) has issued a notification on 28 May in which various recommendations were made including that all pregnant women visiting antenatal care may be informed about the risks and benefits associated with the Covid-19 vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, available in the country.
Based on the information provided, a pregnant woman may be offered the available Covid-19 vaccine at the nearest centre and the vaccine can be given anytime during the pregnancy, the NTAGI recommendations said, adding that all nursing mothers are eligible to receive Covid-19 vaccines anytime after delivery.