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Two twenty-somethings dress up as grandmothers to receive the coronavirus vaccine in the US


Friday, February 19, 2021 – 12:28

The police are investigating how it was possible that the girls received the first dose and if it was at the Orange County vaccination center, where they tried to receive the second

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The Orange County Health Department, in the state of California, was giving an important boost to its vaccination campaign against the coronavirus these days. The health authorities reported the availability of new doses and encouraged residents over 65 to make an appointment, on February 18, 19 and 20, to receive the puncture at the Convention Center, enabled for this purpose.

So far everything normal, but the surprise would not be long in coming. Two young people, in their twenties, They dressed up as “grandmothers”, with hats, gloves, along with the cover-up provided by the mask, in order to receive the second dose of the Covid-10 vaccine, at the Orange County Convention Center, as explained by Health Department officials at a press conference habitual to report on the evolution of the pandemic and collected by the local press.

“I don’t know how they got away the first time, but they came with the gloves, the glasses, everything, and they are probably in their twenties,” declared the director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, Ral Pino, who could not explain how the girls had been able to receive the first dose. The girls presented a valid vaccination card, he explained.

After the incident, security has been strengthened at the Convention Center, informed the director of the Department of Health. The number of people trying to spoof their identities is probably “higher than we expect.” Obviously, they caught the attention of the health workers who gave the vaccines.

The women were reported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and were held for their identification, including their driver’s license. Agents said their real names were on the vaccination cards, but their date of birth did not match. It will also be investigated if they received the first dose and how it was possible, since the vaccination campaign is aimed at the elderly as well as the most vulnerable and with chronic diseases.

“From this finding we have to see if we really vaccinated them, when (they were) vaccinated, what happened, on what date, at what time, to try to find out if there are holes, gaps, in the vaccination process that is allowing people do that, “said Dr. Pino.

The director of the Department of Health said that he was aware of the anxiety generated among the population to know when they would be able to receive the vaccine, but asked for patience with the process put in place “since the most vulnerable are those who are first” to be immunized against Covid-19.

“It’s kind of funny in a way, but it’s also disappointing because they are taking the place of a person, with a greater need to protect themselves from illness,” he said.

“There have been some other cases. They are all different and creative. An individual who had the same name as his father, came with a card but with a different birthday. But, you know, we have access to a lot of information and we can quickly verify who it’s who, where they were born, etc. “, said Dr. Pino.

The Orange County Convention Center administers about 2,500 injections a day to people 65 and older, as well as healthcare workers, according to local press.

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