A man in Italy tried to trick a nurse into injecting the COVID-19 vaccine into a foam rubber arm, according to the New York Times.
The nurse grabbed him, as she saw him peering under the theatrical corset he was wearing to hide it.
The man was trying to score a vaccine pass without actually getting the shot amid new rules in Italy.
A man from Biella, Italy, showed up for his vaccination appointment with two foam rubber arms hidden under a theatrical corset, in an attempt to get a vaccination pass without getting vaccinated, according to the New York Times.
Filippa Bua, the eagle-eyed nurse who administered the vaccine, told The Times that when the patient sat down, he slightly removed his sweatshirt, creating a small space where his shirt and arm rest. foam rubber were visible for the vaccine.
“The color of the arm made me suspicious so I asked the man to uncover the rest of his left arm. It was well done but it was not the same color,” Bua told La Repubblica, according to the Guardian.
The Guardian also reported that Bua stopped when she couldn’t see the man’s veins.
“It was made of foam rubber,” Bua said, adding that it was “pretty well done”.
Under what the Times described as a “thick theatrical corset,” the man, who has not been named, is said to have worn two foam rubber arms as a means of marking a pass for the vaccine after the Italy announced last week that people will have to show proof of vaccination, or the Green Pass, in bars and restaurants on Monday.
Demonstrations took place across the country against the new measures.
Italy was the first country in Europe to impose vaccines on healthcare workers, and under new rules, workers like teachers, police and other hospital staff will also need to be fully immunized to keep their jobs.
The BBC reported that the anonymous man was a health worker who had been suspended from work for not being vaccinated.
According to The Times, as vaccine eligibility has widened in Italy, nearly 13% of adults have yet to receive a single injection with a months-long increase in cases and renewed concern about the Omicron variant.
Although the man with the foam guns strategy failed, Bua said he was “pleasant and serene” after being caught, but hospital authorities reported the incident to local police and he did so. ‘under investigation for fraud, according to the BBC.
Alberto Cirio, president of the Piedmont region where Biella sits, said what had happened was “of enormous gravity, unacceptable given the sacrifice our community is enduring because of the pandemic”.
Bua also didn’t appreciate the hazy turn.
“It was so humiliating,” Bua told The Times, “thinking that a nurse can’t tell the difference between foam rubber and skin.”
“I felt offended as a professional,” Filippa Bua told La Repubblica. “The color of the arm made me suspicious so I asked the man to uncover the rest of his left arm. It was well done but it was not the same color.” The man said to him: “Would you have imagined that I would have such a physique?
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