The coronavirus vaccine is so coveted that two women in Florida were vaccinated at the extreme on Wednesday: health officials said they were dressed as if they were older.
Raul Pino, the director of the Ministry of Health, said that the two women, both under the age of 45, wore hats, gloves and glasses to disguise their age over 65. Department of Orange County. He attributed this deception to the growing interest in vaccines.
Pino said at a press conference on Thursday: “This is currently the hottest product, so we must be very careful.”
The disguise of the elderly is the latest example of people trying to cut production lines to vaccinate against a deadly virus. Last month, the authorities identified a pair of wealthy Canadians who pretended to be locals in a remote aboriginal community, taking medicine for the elderly.
At the same time, the Indiana Department of Health issued a warning earlier this month, saying that people are “seriously lacking in ethics”
Women’s clothing in Florida may have been successful before—all have a card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicating that they have received the first dose. Mr. Pino said he didn’t know how to get vaccinated before, but on Wednesday, the workers at the Orange County Convention Center were caught up.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said that once the on-site staff noticed that the birthday listed on the driver’s license did not match their birthday, they would introduce 44- and 34-year-old women to the representatives, and they issued trespass warnings.
The women did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Thursday night.
Health department spokesperson Kent Donahue (Kent Donahue) said that they did not get the second shot and the security at the scene has been strengthened after the incident.
Mr. Pinault said that “very few” people tried to trick health workers into vaccinating, including a person with the same name as his elderly father.
“As we try to act quickly, some people may squeeze in, so it may be higher than we suspected,” he said of the number of people who might lie for vaccination.
When asked whether he was frustrated by the two women skipping the queue, Pino said that the priority level determined by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is not for him to decide who should be in the queue. Behind.
He said: “Our job as the health department is to vaccinate as many people as possible.”
Mr. DeSantis was criticized after inaugurating a “pop-up” clinic offering vaccines in a wealthy and mostly white community in Manatee County this week.
According to data compiled by The Post, the state has been allocated 3.4 million doses of vaccine and has received more than 2.5 million doses of the first dose.
Mr. Pino said that Orange County has vaccinated 200,000 people, adding that the county is building its capacity to adapt to the aspirations of the community.
He said: “It’s nice to see this demand.” “We don’t lack weapons that are willing to receive vaccination… Many of us pretend to be vaccinated when they are adults.”