Desperation for the novel coronavirus pandemic and its effects to be over are making many search high and low for a way to get vaccinated. Two Florida women beat the system…or so they thought. “With bonnets on their heads and bespectacled faces, two young women pretended to be seniors so they could get the coronavirus vaccine” reported Orlando’s News 6.
Reportedly, the two women, 44-years-old and 34-years-old, were successful in receiving the first vaccination, but their luck ran out when they went to receive the second, and final dose. When the two women went back for the second vaccination Wednesday, “they presented a valid vaccination card” demonstrating the first dose had indeed been administered.
Dr. Raul Pino from the Florida Department of Health in Orange County said the pair was busted saying vaccinators noticed the two “looked funny” and stopped them before they could get the shots administered. “There were some issues with their IDs and their driver’s license, but I don’t know all the details about them” Pino said.
Body camera video of the encounter with deputies was released Friday by the Orange County Sheriff’s office, showing two deputies scolding the young women. “You know what you have done? You’ve stolen a vaccine from someone that needs it more than you and now you’re not going to get your second one” one deputy is heard saying.
No arrests were made and the women will not face charges but were given a trespass warning. Pino said officials will investigate if they actually received the first shot, and if so, how they slipped past officials. Currently, Florida is only vaccinating health care workers and those who are 65 and older.