Man in Italy uses fake silicone arm to try to get vaccination certificate – .

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Man in Italy uses fake silicone arm to try to get vaccination certificate – .


(CNN) – A 50-year-old man tried to pass a silicone arm for his at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in northern Italy, in an attempt to get a vaccination certificate without to get vaccinated.

The deception was spotted by a nurse, Filippa Bua, as she was preparing to administer the vaccine Thursday in Biella, in Piedmont. Bua told CNN that she noticed something strange about the arm.

“The skin color was abnormal, much lighter compared to the patient’s hands or face,” she said.

After inspecting the area, she realized that the arm was a fake, silicone.

“I first felt sorry for the man, thinking he had a prosthesis and wondering if I somehow forced him to give me the wrong arm,” Bua said. . “But then he admitted he was wearing the wrong arm on purpose to avoid getting the shot!” “

The revelation sparked a range of emotions for Bua, who said she had been a nurse since 1987 and had administered thousands of injections.

“At the very beginning I was surprised, then I was angry, I felt professionally offended, he showed no respect for our intelligence and our profession,” she said. “I would never expect such a thing in my life. “

The Piedmont regional government has condemned the man’s attempt to cheat the system.

“The case could be called ‘ridiculous’, except that it is a gesture of enormous gravity, unacceptable for the sacrifice that the whole community is paying for the pandemic,” read a joint statement from the president and the health adviser of the Piedmont region. .

In a video message, the president of the regional government of Piedmont, Alberto Cirio, went further, saying the incident was “an offense to the region’s health system, which is among the first in Italy for vaccination capacity. and booster doses ”.

On November 30, Cirio tweeted a map from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control in which Piedmont appears among the few regions in Europe marked in green, meaning the Covid-19 infection rate is lower at 1%.

The Biella health service has filed a complaint with the local prosecutor’s office.

The Italian government last month signed a decree making a Covid-19 ‘green super pass’ mandatory in bars, restaurants, theaters and other indoor entertainment venues.

Under the new measure, only people who have received a full vaccination or proof of recovery from the coronavirus are allowed to enter these sites.

The original “green pass”, in effect for covered sites and long-distance trains since September 1, allows people to prove a negative Covid test within the previous 48 hours, rather than a full vaccination or proof of recovery, in order to access places of recreation. The green pass still applies in workspaces and has been extended to local public transport.

Protests took place in a number of Italian cities in mid-October, when the requirement for all workers in the country to present the government-issued green pass came into effect.

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