Two young women in Florida ‘dressed up as grannies’ to get vaccinated, health official says

By Meryl Kornfield

The coronavirus vaccine is so coveted that two women in Florida went to extremes Wednesday to get inoculated: They dressed as if they were elderly, health officials said.

The women, both younger than 45, wore bonnets, gloves and glasses to disguise themselves as older than 65, the age cut-off to be prioritized to get the coronavirus vaccine in Florida, according to Raul Pino, the director of the health department in Orange County, where Orlando is located. He said there has been a “few” cases of people trying to trick health workers into getting vaccinated, including a man who had the same name as his elderly father.

“This is the hottest commodity that is out there right now so we have to be very careful,” Pino said at a press briefing Thursday.