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No Aadhaar, No Vaccine? Bombay HC Asks Govt to Clarify Stand

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  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 25 June 2021

Prisoners in India are unable to access vaccines because they have not been issued with the Indian government-issued national digital identity, Aadhaar

Aadhaar, the Indian government-issued national digital identity, is currently being used to allow citizens to access the Covid-19 vaccine, but given numerous groups are unable to get vaccinated because they don’t have an Aadhaar number, the Bombay High Court has ordered central governments to clarify its stance.

"The court observed that the central and state governments should find an alternate system for vaccinating citizens across the country, especially prisoners who may not have Aadhaar cards."

Throughout the hearing, the court made it clear that the government must find an alternative solution to ensuring those without Aadhaar are able to access the vaccination program.

Aadhaar may be important for the purposes of identifying the person being administered the vaccination and for the purpose of maintaining a nation-wide data base. However, the Court opined that the authorities have to come up with some solution to vaccinate persons who may not have Aadhaar

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