2 women dressed as ‘grannies’ denied second COVID-19 vaccine at Florida convention center

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County deputies trespassed two women from the Orange Convention Center for attempting to get a second shot of the COVID-19 vaccination while dressed up as old women, Action News Jax’s sister station WFTV reports.

The two women were dressed up as “grannies,” complete with bonnets and gloves, in an effort to pass as elderly women old enough to get their second COVID-19 vaccine at the Orange County Convention Center, health officials said during a news conference Thursday.

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The two women had valid vaccine cards from their first shot, but were denied their second shot while posing as elderly women due to issues with their ID cards, Orange County Health Officer Dr. Raul Pino said.

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It wasn’t immediately clear if the two women dressed as elderly women to receive their first shot.

“I don’t know how they escaped for the first time, but they came with the gloves, the glasses, the whole thing, and they are probably in their 20s,” Pino said.

The two women were not only turned away, but the situation was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office.

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Deputies said they were called to the site on Wednesday around 10:20 a.m. and were asked to issue trespass warnings to the two women.

Deputies said no other law enforcement action was taken.


Pino said the number of people attempting to falsify their identities is probably “higher than we expect.”

Security has been ramped up since the incident at the convention center, Pino said.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.