MILAN, Italy — A dentist in Italy faces possible criminal charges after trying to receive a coronavirus vaccine in a fake arm made of silicone.
A nurse in the northern city of Biella, Filippa Bua, said she could tell right away that something was off when a man presented the phony limb for a shot on Thursday.
“When I uncovered the arm, I felt skin that was cold & gummy, & the color was too light,’’ Bua said.
She said she initially thought the 57-year-old man was an amputee & had mistakenly offered the wrong arm. She lifted his shirt & 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 nurse 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 & 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 & left the vaccination center after the failed attempt.
“We stopped & reflected & we understood that this wasn’t just a surreal situation, but a real attempt at fraud,’’ Bua said. She & others at the vaccination site turned paperwork over to superiors so they could report the case, which has been given to prosecutors.
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