When it comes to vaccination, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) made it clear who should get vaccinated first when supplies are limited. With that being said, some people will still try to cut in front of the line. Just recently, two women from Florida aged 34 and 44 disguised themselves as “grannies” in an attempt to pass as “old enough” to be eligible for the vaccines.
This wasn’t the first time they tried to do this. ABC News reports that the pair had valid vaccine cards after having their first shots, but were denied their second ones. “I don’t know how they escaped [detection] for the first time, but they came with the gloves, the glasses, the whole thing, and they are probably in their 20s,” said the Orange County health officer Dr Raul Pino.
The sheriff’s office identified the women as Olga Monroy-Ramirez, 44, and Martha Vivian Monroy, 34. Their real ages made them ineligible to receive the vaccination outside of a health care or long-term care facility setting. According to the station, the two women were turned over to police. And lucky for them, the officers only issued them trespass warnings and no further action was taken.
There have been a few cases of people misrepresenting themselves to receive a dose, Pino said, adding that it’s probably “higher than we suspect.” The county has increased security at the vaccination site to “deter any possible ill-intentions that someone may have,” Pino added.