(CMR) A dentist in Italy attempted to avoid taking the COVID-19 vaccine by using a fake arm made of silicone. However, the nurse administering the shot recognized something was wrong with the man's arm.
“When I uncovered the arm, I felt skin that was cold and gummy, and the color was too light,’’ Nurse Filippa Bua told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
She initially thought the 57-year-old man was an amputee and had mistakenly offered the wrong arm. It was then that she lifted his shirt and saw a silicone arm.
“I understood immediately that the man was trying to avoid the vaccination by using a silicone prosthetic, into which he hoped that I would inject the drug, unaware,” Bua said.
The man acknowledged he did not want a vaccine but to obtain a “super” health pass, which from Monday will be required to enter restaurants, cinemas, theaters, and other venues in Italy, Fox13 reported.
He had already been suspended from work because of his refusal to get vaccinated, which Italy requires for medical personnel.
The man who left the vaccination center after the failed attempt could face charges.
“We stopped and reflected, and we understood that this wasn’t just a surreal situation, but a real attempt at fraud,’’ Bua said.
Bua and other workers at the vaccination site turned paperwork over to superiors to report the matter to prosecutors.
While Italy’s vaccination rate is relatively high at 85% of the currently eligible population ages 12 and over, people in the age range from 30 to 59 have proven the most resistant to vaccinations, with nearly 3.5 million still not having received their first doses.