Cowin App: SC declines to hear pleas for registration of Covid-19 vaccine

Cowin App: (Covid Vaccine Intelligence Work) is an app introduced by the central government of India for the vaccination process. Co-WIN, a digital platform, was created for real-time monitoring of COVID-19 vaccine delivery. Registration of beneficiaries on the Co-WIN app for the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination commenced on March 1, 2021.

In the second phase, govt started vaccinating those who are above 60 years of age and those over 45 with comorbidities. The eligible beneficiaries would be able to register themselves on the Co-WIN platform from March 1. The new version of the Co-WIN platform will be GPS-enabled and the beneficiaries will have the option to choose the inoculation session site both at the government and private facilities.

In the third phase, the govt commenced a vaccination drive for 18 years and above. The registration for 18 plus for vaccination against COVID-19 commenced on April 28.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to entertain two pleas seeking directions for adequate medical facilities for non-Covid-19 patients during the second wave of the pandemic and registration for the Covid vaccine by a toll-free number.

A Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said that petitions have become infructuous due to changed circumstances.

While disposing of the plea seeking directions for registration for the Covid-19 vaccine by a toll-free number, the Bench declined to hear it saying the Cowin app doesn’t need only online registration and as a matter of policy walk-in registration is provided.

The plea has become infructuous by subsequent developments that have taken place and as a matter of policy walk-in registration is provided, the Bench said.

The PIL was filed by one Bibhuti Bhushan Mishra.

The apex court also disposed of another plea that sought direction from the Central Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and all states and union territories to provide adequate facilities to non-Covid-19 patients during the second wave of the pandemic.

The Bench said this plea has also become infructuous now.

The petition was filed by advocate GS Mani highlighting the hapless condition of non-Covid patients who are struggling for medical care and facilities in government and private hospitals across the states.

The plea filed during the second Covid wave had said health is a fundamental right, and States should take steps to provide medical care for non-Covid patients with heart or kidney diseases, pregnant women, HIV, hepatitis hemophilia, thalassemia, etc.

The petition stated that the Covid-19 second wave had been particularly devastating and medical care and facilities and hospitals had been converted for treating the pandemic patients. Despite this, hundreds were struggling to get proper medical admission, treatment, and facilities.

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