The petitioner sought compensation of ₹10 crores from the Serum Institute of India, the Indian biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals company that manufactures the Covishied vaccine.
The Kerala High Court on Friday issued a notice to the Central and State governments on a plea seeking compensation for a man claimed to have been paralysed due to the administration of the Covishield vaccine [Ansariya AK v The Union of India & Ors.]
Since the plea sought compensation to the tune of ₹10 crores from the manufacturer of the Covishield vaccine, Justice VG Arun also issued notice to the Serum Institute of India.
The present plea was moved by the wife of a man who was paralysed after he received a dose of the Covishield vaccine in March 2021.
The petitioner submitted that her husband suffered high fever on the same day that he received the vaccine and thereafter, his condition continuously worsened. She said that he was admitted to various hospitals, and underwent various medical laboratory tests and therapies. Even though many doctors attempted to diagnose his illness, nobody could find out what was the exact reason for the medical problem. Now her husband is completely paralyzed, it was stated.
The plea said that the petitioner had approached the district medical officer with a representation containing all her grievances including the medical treatment of her husband, and the financial issues faced by them due to her husband’s condition.
Since there was no action from the authorities, the petitioner was forced to approach the Court for compensation and financial assistance to the petitioner and her husband.
The petitioner was represented by advocate PV Jeevesh and Manasi Dheeraj.