Life comes at you fast, but 2020 decided to stick around into 2021
As a refresher, 2020 was a year when Dolly Parton was more presidential than the actual, sitting President. It was a year thousands of people kept their travel plans despite a global pandemic. And it was a year Colonel Sanders had his very own fan fiction-esque romantic comedy. But no, just when we thought 2021 would be the year we got to wear real pants again, 2020 said, “lol no.”
Two women were detained at a Florida COVID-19 vaccine site for falsifying their ages. The ladies caught the attention of screeners because — get this — the women wore bonnets. Before we move on, let’s sit with the bonnets for a moment, shall we?
What in the Holly Hobbie, Little House On The Prairie, Whistler’s Mother, American Girl, Donner Party hell? In what universe do modern seniors wear bonnets?
Back to the story.
The women donned glasses and also wore gloves, even though temps in Orlando were in the 60s.
Two women “dressed up as grannies" tried to get coronavirus vaccines in Florida. They were 34 and 44, so despite their get-ups, which included spectacles, they were ineligible. However, the ruse may have worked before. https://t.co/C9QF2jAkB8
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 19, 2021
According to The New York Times, the women went to a coronavirus vaccination site “dressed up as grannies,” said Dr. Raul Pino, the health administrator for Orange County, while addressing the press at a news conference on Thursday. Upon further investigation, the women were found to be 34 and 44, not over 65 and therefore not eligible to get the shots in Florida.
Maybe it was the bonnets that gave them away. https://t.co/u4w6AI2Wwb
— Patricia Mazzei (@PatriciaMazzei) February 19, 2021
It appears the disguises might have worked once before. Wait, what? The women gave valid Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cards, which indicated that they had already received their first vaccine doses, Dr. Pino said.
“I don’t know how they escaped the first time,” he added.
Florida has given the vaccine to about 42 percent of its more than 4.4 million people 65 and older, according to the state. The state has also announced doses will be made available to healthcare workers and people with some underlying conditions.
Younger people, teachers, police officers and other essential workers are all waiting for doses, but the state has not said which group it will be next in line.
A Twitter user commented on faking your age as a sign of the times.
As a result of the line-skipping, Pino said during Thursday’s press briefing that workers have “increased security” around the vaccination site.
“This is the hottest commodity that is out there right now,” Pino said of the coronavirus vaccine. “We have to be very careful with the funds and the resources that we are provided.”
According to Pino, agencies giving the shots are increasing their efforts to make sure people meet current eligibility requirements.
“It’s probably higher than we suspect,” he added, also telling reporters that at least one man tried to pass himself off as his father who had the same name.
The health department staff asked sheriff’s deputies to issue trespass warnings to the cosplaying, whose birth dates did not line up those that they had used to register for the vaccines, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.
“Please tell me there is a German word for something that is both horrible and hilarious,” a Twitter user said. Truer words have never been spoken — er, typed.
— Jillian Deutsch (@DeutschJill) February 19, 2021
The women, who were not named, were not charged, and they did not receive the vaccine.
As the women have not come forward, there are still many questions, and this person has the right idea about what should happen next:
Please make this into a movie with Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. https://t.co/dMkqe2e417
— Lesa Hannah (@LesaHannah) February 19, 2021
We’d watch. Would you?