Dentist presents fake arm for vaccine to get Covid pass

4 December 2021, 10:54

Coronavirus vaccine
Coronavirus – Mon Jan 11, 2021. Picture: PA

The Italian medic had already been suspended from work because of his refusal to get vaccinated.

A dentist in Italy faces possible criminal charges after trying to receive a coronavirus vaccine in a fake arm.

Filippa Bua, a nurse in the northern city of Biella, said she could tell right away that something was wrong when a man presented the phony limb for a jab.

“When I uncovered the arm, I felt skin that was cold and gummy, and the colour was too light,” she told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

She said she initially thought the 57-year-old man was an amputee and had mistakenly offered the wrong arm. She lifted his shirt and saw a silicone limb.

“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,” Ms Bua said.

She said the man acknowledged he did not want a vaccine but wished to obtain a “super” health pass, which from Monday will be required to enter restaurants, cinemas, theatres and other venues in Italy.

He had already been suspended from work because of his refusal to get vaccinated, which Italy requires for medical personnel.

The nurse said the man was courteous and left the vaccination centre after the failed attempt.

“We stopped and reflected, and we understood that this wasn’t just a surreal situation, but a real attempt at fraud,” Ms Bua said.

She and others at the vaccination site turned paperwork over to superiors so they could report the case, which has been given to prosecutors.

Italy’s vaccination rate is relatively high at 85% of the currently eligible population, aged 12 and over, but people in the the 30-59 age range have proven the most resistant to vaccination, with nearly 3.5 million still not having had their first dose.

By Press Association

Latest World News

See more Latest World News

Monkeys crash

Don’t approach laboratory monkey missing after crash, residents told

Adele spoke to fans on FaceTime after having to cancel her show.

Tearful Adele FaceTimes fans urging them to visit merchandise store after axing gigs

Regina King

Ian Alexander Jr, only child of award-winning actor Regina King, dies aged 26

Sweden protest

Thousands protest across Europe at vaccine passports

Australia air force craft

Australia delivers water, medicine and telecoms aid to tsunami-hit Tonga

Yemen air strikes damage

Death toll rises after air strike on Yemen prison

Antony Blinken and Sergey Lavrov

US and Russia agree to keep talking amid tensions over Ukraine

California wildfire

Homes evacuated over wildfire in California’s Big Sur

The Mexican president

Mexican president undergoes cardiac procedure

Delta Airlines plane

Man faces charges after ‘exposing buttocks’ on Dublin-New York flight

Monkey containers

Monkeys missing after lab transport truck crashes

Kiribati has been forced to impose a lockdown

Kiribati island, Covid-free during whole pandemic, hit by virus after first flight lands

NYPD officers are seen at the site of a shooting in Harlem

New York police officer fatally shot during domestic disturbance call

Thich Nhat Hanh, centre, arrives for a great chanting ceremony

‘Mindfulness’ monk Thich Nhat Hanh dies aged 95

Brazil Carnival

Rio de Janeiro delays Carnival due to surging Covid cases

Missing Traveler

Laundrie admitted killing Gabby Petito in notebook, FBI says