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Man uses fake arm to get vaccine certificate in Italy

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 12/4/2021 Jami Ganz

Well, he took a shot.

A 50-year-old man in Italy’s Piedmont region used a silicone arm to try and get a COVID-19 vaccination certificate without getting the actual injection, CNN reported Friday.

Longtime nurse Filippa Bua was the one to discover the deception when she was going to give the man the shot in Biella Thursday, initially believing that the arm was “much lighter compared to the hands or the face of the patient” and silicone because it was a prosthesis, she told the outlet.

People wait in line at a COVID-19 vaccination center, near Tor Vergata hospital in Rome, on April 24, 2021. © Provided by New York Daily News People wait in line at a COVID-19 vaccination center, near Tor Vergata hospital in Rome, on April 24, 2021.

People wait in line at a COVID-19 vaccination center, near Tor Vergata hospital in Rome, on April 24, 2021. (Alessandra Tarantino/)


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“But then he admitted he was wearing the fake arm on purpose to avoid getting the vaccine!” continued Bua, a nurse since 1987, whose surprise quickly turned to anger. “I felt professionally offended. He showed no respect for our intelligence and our profession.”

The outlandishness of the situation takes a back seat to the “gesture of enormous gravity, unacceptable for the sacrifice that the whole community is paying for the pandemic,” read a joint communiqué from the region’s President Alberto Cirio and the health counselor, according to CNN.

Biella’s health department filed a complaint with the local prosecutor’s office, according to the outlet.

Piedmont is one of the few areas in Europe with a current COVID-19 infection rate below 1%, according to a map from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control Cirio tweeted this week.

Italy last month made the COVID-19 “super green pass” mandatory to enter venues like bars, restaurants and theaters, allowing only those who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus to enter.

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