[COVID-19] Doubtful if "right to refuse" vaccine can be exercised when larger public health comes into play: Madras High Court

When the larger interest of public health comes into play and it is possible that a person may be a silent carrier, it is doubtful whether the right to refuse to take vaccine can be exercised, the Court said.
Madras HC and covid vaccine
Madras HC and covid vaccine

The Madras High Court on Wednesday expressed doubts as to whether a "right to refuse" the COVID-19 vaccine can be exercised, given that there are larger public health concerns involved and since unvaccinated persons may be asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 (M Karpagam v. Commissionarate for the welfare of Differently-Abled and anr).

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