Kochi. The Center on Tuesday informed the Kerala High Court that people who have already received two doses of the vaccine cannot be given the third dose. The Center filed an affidavit before Justice Murali Purushothaman on a plea seeking a third dose of the vaccine by a person who has taken both doses of Covaxin, but to return to Saudi Arabia for work. He wants a third dose of an internationally recognized vaccine.
A welder by profession in the Gulf country has claimed that the vaccine is not internationally recognized and hence he will not be allowed to travel abroad resulting in his livelihood being affected. In the affidavit, the Center said that the guidelines do not permit a third dose. The court had on August 10 asked the central and state governments why the third dose could not be given to the petitioner as it was a question of his livelihood.
The counsel for both the governments had earlier informed the court that they needed to seek direction on the issue as the third dose of the vaccine is not yet clinically approved.
The petitioner had told the court that he was ready to take the risk of taking the third dose, the dangers of which are not yet known.
The court was told that the petitioner will have to return to Saudi Arabia before August 30 as per his visa conditions and if he does not do so, he may lose his job.
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