Mangaluru: A group of concerned citizens from the City approached Mangaluru City Corporation to address the problems around vaccine passport rules.
The citizens’ group on Wednesday December 8 had discussion in the presence of MCC Commissioner Akshy Shridhar and MCC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Manjaiah Shetty. They were also accompanied by an ayurvedic doctor who provided examples of his female patients who have been suffering from menstruation problems after taking Covishield vaccine. At the end of the meeting, the commissioner reacted sympathetically and assured that he will take this matter up with higher authorities.
They also stated that the vaccine passport rules issued in Mangaluru are unscientific, inhumane, unconstitutional and illegal. They argued that it is unscientific because vaccine passports do not stop transmission of Covid – 19 virus. As per WHO and CDC the vaccinated can also spread the virus at the same rate as the unvaccinated. Furthermore, there are individuals who cannot take the vaccine as they have allergic reaction to vaccines and they may also give side effects like myocarditis, thrombosis blood clots, menstruation problems, and Bell’s Palsy among others.
Further, the letter states that it is Inhumane because individuals own their body, not the Government or a pharmaceutical company. Therefore no individual must be coerced into taking medical decisions around this vaccine, the letter added.
The group argued that it is unconstitutional because vaccine passports are in violation of Article 21 of The Constitution by discriminating against the unvaccinated individuals.
Finally, they said it is illegal because the Supreme Court and Ministry of Health and Welfare has stated that vaccination is voluntary.