Maybe it was the hoods.
Or the gloves the two women had put on even though temperatures in Orlando, Florida were hovering in the 1960s on Wednesday.
In a scene straight out of a sitcom, the women went to a coronavirus vaccination center “disguised as grandmas,” said Dr. Raul Pino, Orange County’s health administrator, at a news conference Thursday. Unless they were 34 and 44 years old, no older than 65 years. Despite their appearance, which included glasses, they were not allowed to take photos in Florida.
However, the trick may have worked before. The women presented valid cards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that they had already received their first doses of vaccine, said Dr. Pino who didn’t name her. “I don’t know how they got away the first time,” he said.
Florida has vaccinated about 42 percent of its 4.4 million+ people aged 65 and over, according to the state, and health care workers and people with certain underlying medical conditions are eligible for the shots as well. It is unclear when the government of Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, will consider enough of these populations have been vaccinated to keep the eligibility open.
The state is one of many where vaccines are in high demand due to delays in supplies due to weather delays.
Younger people, teachers, police officers, and other key workers are demanding cans, but Florida hasn’t said which group will prioritize it next.
Agencies managing the shots had to be “very careful” when people “fake it,” said Dr. Pino. “It’s probably higher than we suspect,” he said, adding that at least one man too young to be shot tried to pose as his father, who had the same name.
“Our job as the health department is to vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Pino, adding that the state’s Department of Health followed the governor’s priorities, which are based on modified CDC guidelines.
On Wednesday, Health Department officials asked sheriff’s MPs to warn of violations of hooded women whose dates of birth did not match those they used to register for the vaccines, a sheriff’s office spokesman said.
You have not been charged with misconduct. But they didn’t get the vaccine.