As it turns out, scamming your way into getting a COVID-19 vaccine is not a young person’s game.
Two women from Florida were caught red-handed and grey-haired when they tried to dress up as “grannies” in order to receive a second COVID-19 vaccine dose, said the Director of the state’s Department of Health in Orange County.
CNN reports that the women, who were 44 and 34, arrived at a vaccination site wearing glasses, gloves, and bonnets. The women, who have not been identified, had valid vaccine cards from their first inoculation, though how they were able to get their first shots is unclear, shared Dr. Raul Pino in a press conference.
Health officials called the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to report the women as trespassers after they noticed that while their names were the same, their dates of birth did not match with the ones that they had used to register for their vaccine appointments.
Florida is currently prioritizing COVID-19 vaccines for people 65 and older, healthcare workers, and some older, long-term care facility residents and staff.
Health officials don’t know whether the women also dressed up for their first vaccines, but Pino shared that the health department has now increased security at the vaccination site.
“This is the hottest commodity that is out there right now. We have to be very careful with the funds and the resources that we are provided,” said Pino.
Access to COVID-19 vaccines is limited across the United States, with many Americans still not eligible to receive the inoculation from the supplies given by the federal government to their home states.
Earlier this month, popular SoulCycle instructor Stacey Griffith caught heat after the 52-year old cycling personality revealed that she had gotten her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by registering as an educator in New York.
Shortly after sharing that she had been vaccinated in a since-deleted Instagram post, Griffith received comments from fans who said they and their loved ones had been unlucky in trying to schedule a vaccine appointment. She reportedly received one before others with underlying illnesses.
“My wife is a stage 4 cancer patient who has to deal with the fear and risk of going into a hospital cancer center weekly, while immunosuppressed, during COVID, in order to receive the treatment that is keeping her alive,” one user wrote.
Griffith, a senior master instructor at SoulCycle, argued that she is an “educator” and that school teachers are currently eligible for the vaccine in New York. She later apologized.