ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Two women who posed as seniors in order to get the COVID-19 vaccine were actually able to get the shots the first time, even if they weren’t so lucky the second time.
Dr. Raul Pino of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County provided details of the bizarre incident Thursday, saying the duo were arrested when they showed up at the Orange County Convention Center to get their second chance to complete the series and were turned away when vaccinators noticed that they “looked weird” and saw that the dates of birth on their vaccination cards did not match the dates on their driver’s licenses.
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“We have not lacked arms willing to vaccinate us. We also have people pretending to be old to get vaccinated. So yesterday we found out that a couple of young ladies came disguised as grandmothers to get vaccinated a second time, so I don’t know how they escaped the first time but they came (to get vaccinated). The hats, the gloves, the glasses, everything and they were probably 20 years old, ”said Pino.
Pino said at the time that an investigation would need to be launched to determine whether the women actually received the first doses and where those injections were made.
Kent Donahue, the public information officer for the Orange County health department, confirmed Monday that both women received their first doses at the convention center, but could not provide information on how they managed to fool the system and why they were not discovered. . first time.
The convention center site is only open to seniors 65 and older and healthcare workers, but records show one woman was 34 years old and the other 44 years old.
When the two showed up on February 17 for their second doses, they were issued a handover warning and told they couldn’t return to the convention center.
Body camera video provided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office shows deputies berating the two women, who did not appear to be in disguise as Pino described.
“Do you know what you’ve done? They stole a vaccine from someone who needs it more than you and now they are not going to give you the second, ”an officer told the couple. “So it’s a waste of time we waste here on this. So we’re at that point right here, but only because of your selfishness in stealing a vaccine. “
The officers also told the women that they should be glad they weren’t arrested.
Donahue said it was the convention center’s decision to invade the women rather than press charges, but when the time comes and they are eligible, they should be able to return to the site for their second dose.
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