A 50-year-old man from the Piamonte region in northwestern Italy has been reported to police after trying to use a fake silicone arm to simulate a COVID-19 vaccination.
“The case would be on the brink of irony if we did not speak of a very grave gesture, unacceptable in light of the sacrifice that the pandemic is making to our entire community, in terms of human lives and social and economic costs,” the state’s governor said. The territory said today.from Piamonte, Alberto Sirio, in a mail dated Facebook social networking site.
The man in question presented himself Thursday night at a vaccination center in the city of Biella, in Piamonte, with the idea of deceiving health professionals.
The color of the fake arm and the unusual tactile sensation at the time of the application raised the suspicions of the nurse in charge of administering the vaccine. The professional then asked the man to take off his shirt, at which time he was caught using the silicone prosthesis.
Then, according to AFP, the Italian asked the nurse to act as if she had seen nothing, which she refused and warned her colleagues. “You will have to respond in court,” said the governor of Piamonte.
The ANSA news agency said the man, who has not been identified and is in his 50s, works in the health care field and has been suspended from work for refusing to be vaccinated against Covid.
Vaccination against the disease is mandatory for all healthcare professionals in Italy.
The Italian government was the first to make the immunization of health professionals mandatory, a decision followed by the administrations of France, Hungary and Greece. It also agreed to be obligated to provide proof of vaccination to enter various public places such as other countries.
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