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Florida women dress up as grannies in bid to bypass coronavirus vaccination queue
February 20, 2021
Florida: Women stopped by police in attempt to get vaccine
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The two women, aged 34 and 44, reportedly showed up at a vaccination centre near Orlando sporting old-style bonnets and gloves to get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Footage of the pair being stopped has since emerged online showing the two Florida women wearing face masks and visors with two grey bonnets covering their hair. An official can be heard informing the duo “now you’re not going to get your second one” and warning them they had wasted both their and the officials’ time.
The two women can then be seen outside of their cars being given a trespass warning as they had not “been invited to be on the premises.”
ABC-affiliated channel WFTV reported the two had valid vaccination cards for their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine but had not been scheduled to get their second shots.
Orange County health officer Dr Raul Pino said: “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.”
Additional security was dispatched to the vaccination centre after repeated attempts to access vaccination without a valid invitation to attend.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Friday four additional vaccination hits will be set up across the state to speed up the distribution on low-income areas.
The new centres will be built in Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville and Orlando.
US President Joe Biden forecast “we’ll be approaching normalcy by the end of the year” as vaccination efforts in the country continues to build up to full population immunity.
The United States remains one of the worst-affected countries in the world since the coronavirus pandemic first hit last year.
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President Biden added: “God willing, this Christmas will be different than last, but I can’t make that commitment to you.”
However, challenging weather conditions in many states including Texas have caused major disruption to the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine.
Washington has reported an average 1.7 million shots per day in the past week but the delays have prompted calls for the involvement of the National Guard in some states.
The Virginia Department of Health warned delays could rocket to up to 90 percent of the 120,000 doses scheduled to be inoculated this week.
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North Carolina reported no doses of the 163,000 expected to arrive from Moderna had been delivered and only a few of the 127,000 vials bought from Pfizer had arrived.
Despite the domestic issues Mr Biden has been facing, the US President announced on Friday the country would invest $4 billion to ensure vaccines are delivered to poorer countries.
The move marks a complete U-turn from the policy Washington had adopted under the Trump Administration.