Two Florida women dressed up as grannies in an attempt to get COVID-19 vaccine. | Image: Orange County Sheriff’s Office&
Orlando, Florida: Two women dressed up as senior citizens in an attempt to get the COVID-19 vaccine, health officials said. The women donned gloves, glasses and bonnets to receive the jab at the Orange County Convention Center. They were aged 34 and 44, which made them ineligible to receive the vaccination.
Dr Raul Pino, from the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, said that the due were busted when they tried to get their second shot on Wednesday. He added that it was not known how they managed to get their first dose.
Pino told Fox 35, “They did have a valid CDC card, vaccination card, there was some issues with their IDs and driver’s licence.” When the vaccinators noticed that they “looked funny”, cops were called in.
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the women had “dates of birth that did not match those they had used to register for the vaccines. The names, however, did match the registration.”
Pino continued, “Part of the findings that we have to do is were they really vaccinated by us, when [they were] vaccinated, what happened, what date, what time – to try to figure out if there are any holes, loopholes, in the process that are allowing people to do that.”
A deputy told them, “You know what you’ve done? You’ve stolen a vaccine from somebody that needs it more than you. And now you’re not going to get your second one. So that’s a whole waste of time we just wasted here on this.”
Another deputy told them that their names will be flagged using the vaccine software. He told them to wait for their turn and warned that if they turn up again, they’ll be arrested.
The women were issued trespass warnings and no other action was taken.