Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights had approached the apex court against the Centre's advisory excluding pregnant and lactating women from COVID-19 vaccination.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday issued notice to the Centre on a plea of Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) seeking additional safeguards for pregnant and lactating women receiving COVID-19 vaccination.
The DCPCR had approached the apex court against the advisory of the Union government excluding pregnant and lactating women from COVID-19 vaccination.
A Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud also sought Solicitor General Tushar Mehta's assistance on the policy which has been formulated and applicable guidelines that are to be framed.
During the hearing, Advocate Vrinda Grover for DCPCR argued that since ‘we are dealing with a virus that we don't know about, there is a need to conduct scientific research to see what are the effects on pregnant and lactating women’.
She further said there is a need to create a registry for ensuring continuous monitoring. Grover added that after the petition was filed in May this year, the Centre has issued operational guidelines for vaccination for pregnant and lactating women, however, some concerns remain unaddressed.
The plea sought direction for developing education material and Standard Operating Protocols to educate women on the side effects of vaccination, effects of vaccination on pregnant and lactating mothers and ensure taking informed consent before taking the vaccine.
It further asked for relief for the creation of a registry to register pregnant women and lactating mothers being vaccinated to ensure the existence of a continuous monitoring mechanism to see if the vaccine has an adverse effect on pregnant women.