Two women were issued trespass warnings after they attempted to get COVID-19 vaccinations by disguising themselves as elderly at a convention center in Orlando, Florida, on the morning of Wednesday, February 17, health officials said.
Orange County’s health director Dr Raul Pino had described during a Thursday news briefing how the women had “dressed up as grannies to get vaccinated for a second time,” prompting laughter from some attendees. Pino said the women’s disguises included bonnets, gloves, and glasses – “the whole thing.” He did not know how the women had acquired the first dose of the vaccine.
Body-worn camera footage released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on Friday shows Olga Monroy-Ramirez (45) and Martha Vivian Monroy (35) being confronted by officials at the Orange County Convention Center’s drive-thru vaccination site.
Department of Health personnel requested Orange County deputies to issue trespass warnings to the two women, who registered for vaccinations with dates of birth that did not match those they provided on site, the sheriff’s office said. No other law enforcement action was taken.
The Orange County Government is providing vaccinations to frontline health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, and all Florida residents who are at least 65 years old. Credit: Orange County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful
- You know what you have done? You've stolen a vaccine from somebody that needs it more than you. And now you're not going to get your second one. So that's a whole waste of time we just wasted here on this. And we're not even sure if they're going to press charges against you can take you to jail right now. So we're at that point right here, but just for your selfishness of stealing the vaccine.
- OK. This is a trespass warning. You're hereby warned that you are not authorized, licensed, or invited to be in these premises, and may be arrested if you refuse to leave or return at any time in the future. That's this building, it's our other buildings, it's our offsite parking garage, everything.
- Anything. The whole property around here. Not allowed to be here no more.
- We will never be around.
- It's ridiculous that you're here today now.
- So your, your information is going to be flagged with the vaccine software.
- You're Martha?
- Yes, sir.
- Well, you're a convict.
- You're not going to get a vaccine. OK? So you got to wait your turn. All right. So those are yours. Car keys. You're going to get a copy of each one of those. If you come back any time you going to be arrested. Any question about that?
- You're lucky you're not getting arrested right now.
- [INAUDIBLE] We appreciate it. Sorry.