ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Two young Florida women dressed up as “grannies” and went to a vaccine distribution in a failed attempt to get a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Florida health officials.
“So yesterday, we realized a couple of young ladies came dressed up as grannies to get vaccinated for the second time,” Dr. Raul Pino, the director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, said during a press briefing Thursday. “So I don’t know how they escaped the first time.”
The women arrived at the Orange County Convention Center wearing bonnets, gloves and glasses to fit the “grannie” image. The county has been using the site to administer 2,500 appointments a day to vaccinate people 65 and older.
According to the sheriff’s office, the two women were actually 34 and 44 years old which would make them ineligible to receive the vaccination outside of a health care or long-term care facility setting.
The two had valid vaccination cards from their first shot, but on their second attempt, there were issues with their driver’s licenses, said Pino.
The two women were issued trespass warnings by deputies after their date of birth did not match those they had used to register for their first vaccination.
Pino said this is not the first time someone has tried to get a dose of the vaccine while misrepresenting themself, he even added that it’s probably “higher than we suspect.”
The county has increased security at the vaccination site, including adding more cameras according to reports, to make sure this incident doesn’t happen again.