Florida Women Pose As ‘Grannies’ In Foiled Plot To Get 2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

An indication directs motorists to a COVID-19 vaccination website at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Health authorities in Orange County said on Thursday that 2 females were captured dressing up as “grannies” in an effort to cut the vaccine line.

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An indication directs drivers to a COVID-19 vaccination website at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Health authorities in Orange County said on Thursday that two ladies were caught dressing up as “grannies” in an effort to cut the vaccine line.

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2 Florida women disguised themselves as elderly grannies in a not successful attempt to get their 2nd doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, authorities stated Thursday.

The Sheriffs Office said it does not have more information about the event.

” We have not had any absence of willing arms to get vaccinated,” Pino said. “We likewise have individuals faking to be old to be vaccinated.”

And, noting that vaccines are “the hottest commodity,” he stated authorities have actually increased security around the site to prevent comparable events from taking place in the future.

Dr. Raul Pino, the director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, told reporters that the females were captured dressing up as “grannies”– “the bonnets, the gloves, the glasses, the entire thing”– at the vaccination website on Wednesday. He stated he was unsure how they had handled to get their very first doses however noted the communitys high demand for vaccines.

Other states have actually also released warnings versus such plots. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed legislation that would make it a criminal offense to supply vaccines to individuals who are trying to avoid the line, and authorities in an Indiana county stated previously this month that as lots of as 30 individuals had lied about their vaccine eligibility in just one weekend, which they called a “substantial lack of morality.”

When asked whether there have actually been other cases of people misrepresenting themselves to try to get immunized, Pino stated there had actually been a couple of, including one guy who shared the very same name as his senior dad.

” As we are participated in this process of attempting to move people rapidly, some individuals might squeeze in, so its probably higher than we believe,” he stated of the exact number.

The Orange County Sheriffs Office told NPR over email that the femaless ages are 34 and 44. Florida is presently focusing on vaccinations for adults 65 and older, healthcare workers and long-lasting care center locals and personnel.

The dates of birth on their chauffeurs licenses did not match those they had actually utilized to register for the vaccines, though their names did, according to the Sheriffs Office. Health department personnel asked the deputies to provide trespass warnings, and no other law enforcement action was taken.