SC: Aadhar card is not a mandatory for availing vaccination facilities
Fact and Issue of the case
The grievance of the petitioner that he was denied the facility of a vaccination for failure to produce an Aadhar card has also been dealt with in the counter affidavit. It has been stated that the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare addressed a communication dated 2 November 2021 to the Principal Secretary of the Health and Family Welfare Department of the State of Maharashtra to take action against the concerned private CVC for denying vaccination to the petitioner despite the production of a valid passport ID.
Observation of the Court
Pursuant to the order of this Court dated 1 October 2021 issuing notice, a counter affidavit has been filed on behalf of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The counter affidavit specifically records that the submission of an Aadhar card is not a mandatory pre-condition for registration on the Co-win portal and, as a matter of fact, any of nine identity documents can be produced. For convenience of reference, paragraph 8 of the counter affidavit is extracted below: 8. It is humbly submitted that Aadhar card is not mandatory for the registration of beneficiary on the Co-WIN portal. The Beneficiaries can register on the Co-WIN portal using any of the following prescribed photo ID proofs namely: i. Aadhar Card ii. Driving License iii. PAN card iv. Passport v. Pension Passbook vi. NPR Smart Card vii. Voter ID(EPIC) viii. Ration Card ix Unique Disability ID (UDID) or Disability Certificate with picture The aforesaid information is also available on the Co-WIN portal and can be accessed at following link https://www.cowin.gov.in/faq”
Apart from the above averment, it has also been stated in the counter affidavit that a provision has been made to conduct vaccination sessions for other categories of persons who may not have any identity cards in their possession at all, including persons without a fixed place of abode, prison inmates, inmates in mental health institutions, persons in old age homes and road side beggars.
In view of the clarifications which have been made in the counter affidavit to the effect that production of an Aadhar card is not a mandatory pre-condition for availing of vaccination facilities, the grievance of the petitioner is duly met. All concerned authorities shall act in pursuance of the stated policy which has been extracted in paragraph 8 of the counter affidavit. The petition is accordingly disposed of.
The Court has disposed off the petition and ruled in favour of the petitioner