The Karnataka High Court on Thursday directed the State government to respond to a petition seeking COVID-19 vaccination for persons with disabilities on a priority basis..The Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj issued this direction in a plea moved by Karnataka Rajya Vikalachethanara Rakshana Samithi..Advocate Viswesh H appearing for the petitioner, submitted,"Due to disabilities, a person cannot maintain social distance, may not be able to avoid touch, may not be able to wear a mask, so they are a high risk category. The only way to keep them safe is to vaccinate them and their caregivers on a priority basis. Since there is a right they are entitled to a mandamus.".During the hearing, the Court seemed to agree with the said contention..As this petition will require urgent consideration, list it on Monday when a special sitting is proposed to be held.Karnataka High Court.Relying on Sections 8 and 25 (i) and (j) of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, the petitioner has suggested that vaccinations for persons with disabilities can be done through district disability welfare officers who can hold special camps..Further, it has been added that persons with disabilities can be identified through their disability cards. Every district disability welfare officer will have data of all those who are disabled in each district. Therefore, it will be easy for them to identify and make arrangements for vaccines as per requirements, submitted the plea..Advocate Vishwesh further said that since self-registration for the COVID-19 vaccine for all persons above 18 years is starting from April 28, directions need to be passed earlier than the said date..The matter will be heard on April 26.