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. – Two women were caught trying to get a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by disguising themselves as “grandmothers,” the director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County said Thursday.
The women came to the vaccination site wearing hats, gloves and glasses in an attempt to receive their vaccinations, Dr. Raúl Pino said during a press conference. According to the sheriff’s office, the women were 44 and 34 years old.
CNN has sought out the women for comment.
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Both women had valid vaccination cards from the first injection, Pino said. They were denied the second dose while dressed due to problems with their identification cards. Health officials did not know how the women got their first vaccinations and if they had also dressed up for the occasion.
The department has increased security throughout the site, Pino said.
“This is the most coveted raw material out there right now,” said Pino. “We have to be very careful with the funds and resources that are provided to us.”
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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to CNN that health officials called them to issue illegal entry warnings for the women, as their birth dates did not match the ones they had used to register for vaccinations, although the names matched.
The Sheriff’s Office did not have any additional information about the incident, including whether the women were wearing costumes or how they were dressed.
Florida is currently prioritizing vaccinations for adults 65 years of age and older, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, and healthcare workers with direct patient contact.
The state has been one of many that have delayed vaccine dose shipments due to severe winter storms in the US.