Supreme Court judges, sitting and former, and their family members will get Covid-19 vaccine shots starting from today March 2, a day after India began the second phase of vaccination. Out of 30 judges, Justice Surya Kant who is 59 years old is not eligible for vaccination.
The Supreme court is gearing up to resume physical hearing soon, after it switched to video-conference hearing since March 24, 2020. Six judges and many staff of the Supreme Court had contracted the virus during the pandemic. Now it has been decided that a hybrid manner of hearing will start soon in which physical hearing may take place on certain days in a week. The Supreme Court registry has arranged a vaccination facility at the court complex. The cost of vaccination will be as per the Central government’s guidelines. Private hospitals can charge up to ₹250 per shot. The judges will not be able to choose between Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech, and Covishield, developed by Pune’s Serum Institute of India. Earlier, it was reported that the judges of the Supreme court would get the option to choose between Covaxin or Covishield vaccines.