Didn't want to get vaccinated, but needed a certificate: a man came to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with a fake hand
The Italian has been charged with fraud after showing up for a COVID-19 vaccination with a fake hand. More details about this story were told by the publication The Guardian.
He was so determined to evade the vaccine, but still get a vaccination certificate, that he paid hundreds of euros for a silicone prosthesis.
The bizarre episode at the vaccination center comes a week after Italy announced that unvaccinated people cannot participate in a variety of social, cultural and sports activities.
After completing bureaucratic formalities, including signing a consent form in front of a doctor, a 50-year-old man sat up and raised the sleeve of his shirt in preparation for a medical professional to inject.
At first, the healthcare professional did not notice anything strange, since the silicone looked like skin. But, looking closely and touching his hand, the doctor asked the patient to take off his shirt. The man, whose name has not been released, tried to convince the medical professional to close his eyes.
“As a professional, I felt insulted,” said Philippe Bois. “The color of the hand made me suspicious, so I asked the man to open the rest of his left hand. The prosthesis was well made, only slightly different in color. "
She said that she could not see the man's veins: "At first I thought I had made a mistake, that it was a patient with an artificial arm."
It's unclear if he had an entire artificial arm or some sort of silicone layer over his skin.
“The health worker has ruined the plans of this man, who will now have to stand trial,” said Piedmont President Alberto Sirio in a joint statement with Luigi Icardi, Regional Health Adviser.
The incident may not have been a one-off, given a recent social media post that was written by a person from Biella.
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A Twitter post depicted a silicone men's chest suit with artificial arms and a neck that was being sold on Amazon. Next to the picture was a message: “If I go with this, will they notice? Maybe I'll even put on extra clothing under the silicone so that the needle doesn't get into my real hand. "
Sirio and Icardi said that this case "would border on ridiculous", if not "the fact that we are talking about a gesture of great importance. This is unacceptable in the face of the victims of the pandemic. ”
Italy has reported a significant increase in vaccination bookings for the first time since the announcement of plans for a "super green pass" that will take effect nationally on 6 December. According to its terms, people must prove that they are vaccinated or cured of COVID-19 in order to gain access to cinema and sports halls, theaters, nightclubs, stadiums, as well as to be able to be served in the premises of bars and restaurants.
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