What is this, a Monty Python bit?
Currently, COVID-19 vaccinations in Florida are being prioritized for those aged 65 or older, as well as healthcare workers and long-term care home residents. As with just about every other state, it’s being done this way in order to prioritize vaccination for those who are either most consistently exposed to the virus or are in the virus’ most dangerous strike zone. Of course, many people who don’t fall into those categories are understandably a bit impatient to get their vaccines, leading to some mildly strange occurrences. And where else would those occurrences occur but Florida?
Two Florida women were lined up yesterday to receive their second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. At a glance, these women seemed to be elderly, and would therefore qualify, but upon closer inspection of both the women themselves and their ID cards, vaccine site personnel realized that they were not, in fact, old women. Rather, they were two young adult women dressed in stereotypical “granny” costumes, including gloves, bonnets, and glasses.
“I don’t know how they escaped [detection] for the first time, but they came with the gloves, the glasses, the whole thing, and they are probably in their 20s,” Orange County health officer Dr. Raul Pino told Orlando station WFTV.
Both of these women had successfully received their first shots, though nobody is quite sure how, as the dates of birth listed on their vaccine authorization cards didn’t match their actual dates of birth. It’s not known if they were in their costumes to receive their first shots, though if they weren’t, that’d just raise further questions.
Busted for granny-standing.
Two Florida women were caught when trying to get a COVID-19 vaccine while dressed as senior citizens.https://t.co/8pWSVRR4Gr
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 19, 2021
Both women were turned over to the local sheriff’s office, where they were issued trespassing warnings. Security around the vaccination site has also been stepped up to ensure only those who currently qualify for shots get them.
“This is the hottest commodity that is out there right now,” Dr. Pino said. “We have to be very careful with the funds and the resources that we are provided.”