mcc: Stop criminalising the unvaccinated: Mangaluru-based physician | Mangaluru News – Times of India

A Mangaluru-based physician has questioned Dakshina Kannada district administration and Mangaluru City Corporation’s (MCC) rules for entry into public places like theatres and malls, and directions to college authorities to identify unvaccinated students.
Dr Srinivas Kakkilaya, while pointing out that the Union ministry of health and family welfare had made vaccination entirely voluntary, said a person’s healthcare choice should not lead to criminalisation or ostracisation.
Dr Kakkilaya said orders like these, which contravene state and central government directions, may lead to a situation where an infected person will only have to stay in quarantine for a fortnight, while an unvaccinated person may be ostracised by society for months. In a letter to the district deputy commissioner and MCC commissioner, he said there are many reasons for a person not taking the shot — ranging from Covid infection, which prevents one from taking the dose for three months, besides other diseases and being ineligible due to age.
With experts saying the country is unlikely to see another wave as devastating as the second one, this order is unwarranted and should be withdrawn, the doctor said. Quoting an October 13 order from the DK deputy commissioner and the October 22 from MCC, he said these were not in line with the Centre’s directive. He said no residential society officebearer has the right to demand vaccination status of an individual as it violates individual freedom. “This may lead to altercations and threats,” he said.
Pointing out that this is not the first nor the last time people are being vaccinated, Dr Kakkilaya said the government should spread awareness and get people to take the vaccine voluntarily instead of threatening them.

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