The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday opined that the current vaccination policy which leaves it to individuals between 18-44 years of age, to get COVID vaccine shots from private hospitals at prices above Rs. 1,000 could be hit by Articles 14 and 21 since the poor might not be able to afford the same. .Pertinent observations in this regard were made by a Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar after it was brought to their notice that persons in the 18-44 age group would be able to get the first dose of vaccine from private entities despite the government decision to give only second dose of vaccination now.."Persons in the age group of 18 to 44 years are not getting first dose vaccine from State but they can get it from private entities. One can shell out money and get the dose, can the Central govt remain silent on this," the Bench demanded..A person who is not well off might not be able to get vaccine from a private hospital and this would be violative of right to equality and right to life, the Court said. ."There are people in slums and other areas who need vaccine but they cannot shell Rs. 1,200 for the vaccine. Such a person will not get vaccine but a person not living in congested area who can afford will get first dose. In this regard, we are placing it on Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution," the Court remarked. .The High Court was hearing a case registered suo motu after the Court received two letters on Covid-19 Management in the state..The hearing on Tuesday witnessed the Court questioning the State government on whether it is empowered to transfer COVID vaccine to private hospitals, from the 50 percent quota allotted to it by vaccine manufacturers..Further, the Court also asked the government whether a person is allowed to shell out money to get the first dose and subsequently, go to a government hospital to take the second dose for free. Additional Solicitor General Aiswarya Bhati, in turn, informed the Bench that there is no bar to do so and that can be done. The Court opined that the State government should keep a tab on private hospitals to ensure that it does not exceed the allotted quota of vaccines. The Court will continue hearing hearing the matter on Wednesday regarding food security and oxygen.