Alumnus & Teachers truly make Bharda New High School proud for being responsible citizens- Since the COVID-19 vaccination process began on April 28, complaints of the CoWin website crashing and difficulty in receiving the OTP for the registration flooded the internet. Later on, even those who got registered encountered several issues of mismanagement where, after traveling long distances to reach inoculation centers they couldn’t get vaccinated because of a vaccine shortage.
Former Indian Cricket Test captain Nari Contractor, a prominent alumni of Bharda New High School and his wife failed to get the second doses of COVID-19 vaccination for the second time due to the unavailability of the vaccine in Mumbai. 88 year-old Contractor and his wife Dolly (89), who is visually impaired, were denied entry at the Cama Hospital in Mumbai as they claimed no vaccination was available.
Since this incident came to light and in order to highlight the mismanagement, inconvenience and difficulties faced by senior citizens, physically challenged, economically marginalised and digitally illiterate people, Yogeeta Vanzara a teacher with the Bharada New High School filed a Public Interest Litigation in Bombay High Court.
The PIL has been filed through her husband, advocate Rajesh Vanzara, who is also an alumni of the Bharda New High School.
In her PIL, Yogeeta Vanzara has made many constructive suggestions to improve the vaccine registration experience through the CoWIN portal and give preferential treatment for immunization to people with comorbidities in the 18-44 age category. She has requested the Honourable High Court to direct BMC to open slots for inoculation on a pre-determined date and provide information related to vaccine and slot availability for a full week instead of on a daily basis. She also said that slots should be given only when the vaccine is available at the centres.