An Italian man raised eyebrows and made global headlines when he entered a vaccination centre in Northern Italy and attempted to fool healthcare workers into injecting a covid vaccine into a prosthetic arm.
Ex Health Worker Wears Fake Arm To Vaccine Centre In Attempt To Get Vaccine Certificate
This week, an Italian man raised eyebrows and made global headlines when he entered a vaccination centre in Northern Italy and attempted to fool healthcare workers into injecting a covid vaccine into a prosthetic arm.
The event occurred in Biella, a northern Italian town between Turin and Milan. Alberto Cirio, the Piedmont region's president, revealed in a Facebook post on Friday how the unnamed individual attempted to “deceive" health professionals before being apprehended.
Cirio told Reuters that the silicone arm looked “very similar" to real tissue. However, he said that the colour and feel “raised the suspicion of the health worker, who asked him to show the whole arm.”
“The incident would border on the ridiculous, were it not for the fact that we are talking about an extremely serious act,” Cirio added.
Cirio said the man, who is in his fifties, has been reported to the police and could face criminal charges.
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According to the Italian news agency ANSA, the man was a health worker in Italy who had previously been fired for refusing to be vaccinated. Italy has mandated that all health care professionals get covid vaccinations.
The Associated Press reports that Filippa Bua, the nurse who attempted to deliver his injection on Thursday, told Italian newspapers that she immediately sensed something was wrong.
“When I uncovered the arm, I felt skin that was cold and gummy, and the color was too light,” Bua told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
She said that she originally assumed the man, who was believed to be a dentist, was an amputee who had inadvertently gave her the incorrect arm, before realising he was attempting to escape vaccination by wearing a prosthetic.
Bua said that he admitted to wanting a health certificate referred to as a “green pass" and attempted to convince her to provide one to him after he was caught, but she refused. She stated that man was courteous and left immediately after his failed attempt.
Italy was one of the hardest-hit European countries during the coronavirus pandemic's first phases. According to research from Johns Hopkins University, around 134,000 individuals in Italy have died of covid-19. According to Hopkins statistics, over 73% of Italy's population is fully vaccinated.
Despite this, anti-vaccine sentiment persists in various parts of Europe, and Italy, like other countries, has tightened efforts targeting the unvaccinated in order to contain the virus' spread. Unvaccinated individuals will be denied entry to facilities including movie theatres, restaurants, and sporting events beginning Monday, Prime Minister Mario Draghi's administration said.
Additionally, the new omicron variant has reignited a feeling of urgency among numerous governments to boost vaccination rates. Greece on the other hand, has opted to impose fines on the elderly who are not vaccinated. Germany has implemented measures to prevent unvaccinated individuals from entering a number of public venues and is considering a broad vaccination mandate. Austria made a ground-breaking move last month, declaring a temporary lockdown on millions of unvaccinated residents.
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