Vaccine compulsion for teachers in public interest, says Madras HC – Times of India

Chennai News

CHENNAI: Declining to interfere with Tamil Nadu government’s decision to make double-vaccination a must for school teachers, Madras high court has said it will be only in the interest of students if teachers are vaccinated before they come to institutions.
The first bench of Acting Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice PD Audikesavalu, rejecting a public interest writ petition filed by an NGO, said the petition appeared to be against public interest.
The NGOAcademic Resources Advancement Movement (ARAM) Trust claimed that the Union government had said vaccination was only voluntary. It moved the high court challenging the decision of Tamil Nadu government making double Covid-19 vaccination a must to access public places, including educational institutions.
As the petitioner sought to withdraw the plea, the court dismissed the PIL as withdrawn.
According to the petitioner, on August 21, the state issued a press release informing that schools and colleges will be permitted to function from September, but teachers, staff and eligible students must be double vaccinated to be permitted to attend physical classes.
“The Centre has clearly mentioned in its Covid-19 policy that no citizen shall be compelled or coerced to get vaccinated and the same shall be encouraged and promoted by sensitizing the public,” the petitioner said.
While so, the action of the state in insisting on double vaccination to provide access to physical classes is directly contradicting the policy of the centre, he said.
Citizens, who exercise their right to life and liberty, choose to remain unvaccinated against Covid-19 based on his intelligent choice of visiting with adverse consequences of losing their livelihood and education, he added.