A dentist in Italy faces possible criminal charges after attempting to receive a coronavirus vaccine in a fake silicone arm.
A nurse in the northern town of Biella, Filippa Bua, said she could tell right away that something was wrong when a man presented the false limb for an injection on Thursday.
“When I uncovered the arm, I felt a cold, gummy skin, and the color was too light,” Bua told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
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She said she initially believed the 57-year-old was an amputee and mistakenly offered the wrong arm. She lifted her shirt and saw a silicone arm.
“I immediately understood that the man was trying to avoid vaccination by using a silicone prosthesis, which he hoped I would inject the drug into, unknowingly,” Bua said.
The nurse said the man admitted that he did not want a vaccine but wanted a “super” health pass, which will be required from Monday to enter restaurants, cinemas, theaters and more. places in Italy.
He had previously been suspended from work due to his refusal to be vaccinated, which Italy demands for medical staff.
The nurse said the man was courteous and left the vaccination center after the attempt failed.
“We stopped and thought about it, and we understood that this was not just a surreal situation, but a real attempt at fraud,” said Bua. She and others at the vaccination site handed the papers over to superiors so they could report the case, which was handed over to prosecutors.
While Italy’s vaccination rate is relatively high at 85 percent of the currently eligible population aged 12 and over, those aged 30 to 59 have been found to be the most resistant to vaccinations, with almost 3 , 5 million still not having received their first doses.