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Meghalaya High Court orders shops and commercial vehicles to put COVID-19 vaccination status

In the wake of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the state, Meghalaya High Court in a judgement on Thursday has asked all shops, local bus and taxi stands to put up sign boards informing about their vaccination status.

A division bench of the high court, headed by Chief Justice Biswanath Somadder in its order said,l that every establishment will have to put up a sign board mentioning “VACCINATED” in the event all employees and staff of the concerned establishment are vaccinated and “NOT-VACCINATED” if they weren’t.

The bench, which has Justice HS Thangkhiew as its other member, further said that the dimension of the “vaccinated” or “not vaccinated” signboard and the place where it could be affixed will be decided by the official concerned. The suo moto PIL was filed after authorities in several areas asked shopkeepers, vendors, taxi drivers and others to get themselves vaccinated before resuming business.

There has been instances of vaccine hesitancy in several fringes of Meghalaya where people have been asking not to get vaccinated fearing side effects. Several attempts of the government to aware people had fallen flat.

The High Court has also said that it will monitor the vaccine hesitancy in the state.

“This Court shall monitor this issue closely so that the state government is able to overcome the vaccine hesitation problem at the earliest and all eligible persons in the state of Meghalaya are vaccinated well within the timeframe as may be specified by the state.”

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