Two women in Florida came up with a not-so-brilliant scheme to pass themselves off as little old “grannies” so they could get COVID vaccines, according to officials.
The plan was short-lived. The director of the Florida Department of Health, Dr. Raul Pino stated on Thursday that their attire included “the bonnets, the gloves, the glasses — the whole thing” so they would appear older and he said that the women were probably “in their 20s.”
When these ladies went to score their vaccines, workers at the Orange County Convention Center vaccine site thought they “looked funny.” Their plan failed when they were caught before they could be vaccinated. Their driver’s licenses and IDs were also a problem for these women evidently. Their real names were reportedly on their IDs but their birthdates allegedly did not match the ones they used to register for the vaccine.
What is incredible here is that these two women were showing up for their second vaccine. That means their ruse allegedly worked the first go-around although that is unclear at this point. Dr. Pino has no idea how they got their first shot.
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“I don’t know how they escaped for the first time,” he stated.
The women were issued trespassing warnings by authorities. The sheriff’s office has identified the two women as Olga Monroy-Ramirez, 44, and Martha Vivian Monroy, 34, according to People magazine. Only adults 65 and older, healthcare workers, and assisted living residents and their staff are currently eligible to get the COVID vaccine in Florida.
Dr. Pino commented that the number of individuals who are trying to fake their way into getting inoculated is probably “higher than we expect.”
“This is the hottest commodity that is out there right now,” the director added. “So we have to be very careful with the funds and the resources that we are provided.”
There will be an investigation into exactly how these two women were able to get their first shots.
“So part of the findings that we have to do is were they really vaccinated by us, when (they were) vaccinated, what happened, what date, what time to try to figure out if there are any holes, loopholes, in the process that are allowing people to do that,” Pino stated.
“People get really, really apprehensive about getting the vaccine, ‘I want it now.’ And some people get really emotional. So I also can see that someone had said, ‘OK, we don’t have that many people, yeah, go by.’ So anything could have happened,” Pino commented.
“It’s kind of hilarious to a sense, but it’s also disappointing because they are taking the place that someone else could, in much higher need, could have had that place,” he noted.
This incident has now caused security to be tightened at vaccination sites across the state. “We have seen an increase in weird things happening and people walking in suspicious, people monitoring the site. So that’s why we requested additional security that was provided and we installed cameras and other security features in the vaccine room,” Dr. Pino reported.
Social media got a kick out of the incident.
Was it these two? pic.twitter.com/N9sSs8JraN
— april (@SweetasSodyPop) February 19, 2021
Born Sinner snarked: “As far as Florida stories go, this is practically normal. It’s the closest thing to normal they’ll ever be.”
Annabeth couldn’t get over the bonnets: “1) Bonnets?? I live in Florida. Plenty of elderly; no “bonnets.” 2) The first site didn’t require license?? Possible I guess. Crackdown on non-residents might have started between their 1st jab and 2nd no-jab. 3) Bonnets???”
Truth Hurts cut to the heart of the matter: “If they identify, they qualify. If you can pick another gender you can certainly pick another age.”
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