Florida Women Pose As ‘Grannies’ In Foiled Plot To Get Second Vaccine Doses

An indication directs chauffeurs to a COVID-19 vaccination website at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Health authorities in Orange County stated on Thursday that two ladies under the age of 65 were caught dressing up as “grannies” in an effort to cut the vaccine line.

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A sign directs drivers to a COVID-19 vaccination website at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Health officials in Orange County said on Thursday that 2 females under the age of 65 were caught dressing up as “grannies” in an effort to cut the vaccine line.

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Other states have actually also released cautions against such plots. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has actually proposed legislation that would make it a criminal activity to supply vaccines to people who are trying to skip the line, and authorities in an Indiana county said previously this month that as lots of as 30 people had lied about their vaccine eligibility in simply one weekend, which they called a “considerable lack of morality.”

Dr. Raul Pino, the director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, told press reporters that the females were captured dressing up as “grannies”– “the bonnets, the gloves, the glasses, the whole thing”– at the vaccination site on Wednesday. He said he was uncertain how they had actually handled to get their very first dosages, however noted the neighborhoods high need for vaccines.

And, keeping in mind that vaccines are “the most popular product,” he stated authorities have actually increased security around the site to avoid comparable incidents from happening in the future.

” As we are participated in this procedure of attempting to move individuals quickly, some individuals could squeeze in, so its most likely greater than we think,” he said of the exact number.

When asked whether there have actually been other cases of people misrepresenting themselves to attempt to get immunized, Pino said there had actually been a couple of, including one guy who shared the same name as his elderly daddy.

Two Florida ladies disguised themselves as senior grandmothers in an unsuccessful attempt to get their 2nd doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, authorities said Thursday.

The dates of birth on their drivers licenses did not match those they had utilized to register for the vaccines, though their names did, according to the Sheriffs Office. Health Department workers asked the deputies to issue trespass cautions, and no other police action was taken.

The Orange County Sheriffs Office informed NPR over e-mail that the femaless ages are 34 and 44. Florida is currently prioritizing vaccinations for adults 65 and older, healthcare workers and long-lasting care center homeowners and staff.

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

” We havent had any lack of prepared arms to get immunized,” Pino said. “We likewise have individuals fabricating to be old to be immunized.”