ORANGE COUNTY, Florida. – Body camera video released Friday shows MPs berating two women who attempted to impersonate elderly people so that they could receive the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Orange County Convention Center site.
Dr Raul Pino of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County said two women came to the site Wednesday “dressed up as grannies” so they could receive their second injection. Florida currently only vaccinates those 65 and over, as well as healthcare workers.
Body camera video released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office does not appear to show the 44-year-old woman and 34-year-old woman in disguise as Pino described. Both wear glasses, as Pino said, and one had a gray beanie on her head.
The sheriff’s office didn’t want to say if they wore disguises at any time.
“Do you know what you did?” You stole a vaccine from someone who needs it more than you and now you’re not going to get your second, ”a couple’s assistant said. “So it’s a waste of time that we just wasted here on this. So we’re at this point here, but just for your selfishness to steal a vaccine. “
In the end, they received a trespass warning, but no arrests were made and they are not facing charges.
“OK, this is an intrusion warning. You are hereby warned that you are not allowed or instigated to be in these premises, and may be arrested if you refuse to leave or return at any time in the future to this building or the other buildings, the garage. parking everything, anything on the whole property here. It’s ridiculous that you’re even here right now, ”said one MP.
One of the MPs told the duo that they were lucky not to be arrested.
“We really appreciate it,” said one of the women, thanking MPs.
Pino said the women would have received the vaccines, but the vaccinators noticed that they “looked funny” and then realized there were issues with their IDs. MPs said their vaccination cards had their real names on them, but their dates of birth did not match those on their driver’s licenses.
“We have not lacked voluntary weapons to get us vaccinated. We also have people who pretend to be old to get vaccinated. So yesterday we realized that two young ladies came disguised as grannies to be vaccinated for the second time, so I don’t know how they escaped the first time but they came (to be) vaccinated. The hats, gloves, goggles – all and they were probably in their 20s, ”Pino said Thursday.
Now, Pino has said officials will need to determine if they actually received their first dose and how that could have happened.
“So part of the conclusions that we have to make is whether they were really vaccinated by us, when (they were) vaccinated, what happened, on what date, at what time, to try to determine if there are any holes, loopholes, in the process that allows people to do it, ”Pino said.
He said it’s possible the women knew someone at the site who allowed them to access it.
Security has recently been tightened at the convention center site due to an increase in the number of strange incidents, including nurses being approached as they leave their posts at 10 p.m. by strangers wanting to know if they have any problems. additional doses.
While the so-called Grandma incident may be making headlines, Pino said it wasn’t the first time someone has tried to pretend to get the shot.
“So there were a few. They are all different and creative. There was another individual who had the same name as his father, came with a card but a different birthday. But, you know, we have access to a lot of information. So we can quickly check who’s who, where they were born, you know, whatever you can imagine, we have access, ”said Pino.
Given the pace of operations at the convention center, he knows that others may have fallen through the cracks.
“I think it’s higher than we suspect, to be honest with you. As we’re engaged in this process and trying to move people around quickly, some people might sneak in, so it’s probably higher than we suspect, ”Pino said.
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