Two women in Florida had donned bonnets, gloves and glasses to look like grannies in an attempt to get jabs of Covid-19 vaccines on Wednesday. According to workers at the Orange County Convention Center vaccine site, they noticed the women “looked funny” and were able to stop them on their tracks before they could line up to get their shots.

Dr. Raul Pino, director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County said the women were easily busted however their plan worked on their first attempt since they came to get their second round of shots.

“We haven’t had any lack of willing arms to get vaccinated. We also have people faking to be old to be vaccinated. So yesterday we realized a couple of young ladies came dressed up as grannies to get vaccinated for the second time, so I don’t know how they escaped the first time but they came (to get) vaccinated”, Pino told local news network WWL-TV

The health director added he had no idea as to how they were able to get their first shot, and if they used the same ruse citing that they had also found issues with the IDs and driver’s licenses they provided.

In a story from news outlet WKMG TV, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the women had their real names stated on their vaccination cards but their date of birth did not match. 

The women were turned over to local authorities who issued trespassing warnings to the pair who were 44 and 34 years old. 

Security has been beefed up at the vaccination center as a result of this incident to "deter any possible ill-intentions that someone may have".

“This is the hottest commodity that is out there right now," the director said.

"So we have to be very careful with the funds and the resources that we are provided."

Aside from health care workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, those ages 65 and up are eligible to get the vaccine in Florida.  About 45% of that population have been inoculated in Orange County, officials said.

Last month, Florida also started to require proof of residency for COVID-19 vaccinations in select counties. This came in the wake of  "vaccine tourism" after eligibility was opened up to anyone age 65 and older. 

The expanded eligibility resulted in long lines, with some older people even camping overnight in lawn chairs. Reports from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Florida has administered approximately 3.8 million COVID-19 vaccine doses. 

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