It’s been almost a year since the world was turned upside down due to COVID-19, so it’s understandable that people are going stir crazy and are ready for the vaccine. While news reports suggest the vaccine will be available to everyone by the end of the summer, two Florida women decided they wanted it sooner than they were eligible for.
In order to get the vaccine, the two women (real ages 34 and 44) showed up to the vaccination site dressed as seniors, complete with bonnets, gloves, and glasses. They used their real names, and fake birthdays. It turns out they made it through the first round of shots, and were returning for the second dose when they were caught. The incident took place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
Dr. Raul Pino, a health officer with the Florida Department of Health, told a county government meeting of the situation. “Yesterday, we realized a couple of young ladies came dressed up as grannies to get vaccinated for the second time,” Pino said. “I don’t know how they escaped the first time,” according to reports.
Though the pair presented authentic vaccination cards, medical workers who were about to inoculate the pair noticed they “looked funny” and called them out, Pino said.
In the state of Florida, you much be 65 and above, have health issues, or be a healthcare worker, staff member, or resident of a care home and a resident of Florida. The women in question were legal residents, but clearly not of age and were issued trespass warnings by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Trespassing and impersonation can be serious crimes, and are ones you should avoid. If you or a loved one are being brought up on charges for either of these things, the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney can be imperative to getting your case lessened or dropped completely. Give Russell Spatz a call today at (305) 442-0200 to see how he can assist with your case.