Italian who used ‘fake arm’ to avoid Covid vaccine faces prosecution
A 50-year-old man in Italy attempted to fraudulently obtain a Covid-19 vaccine certificate by presenting a ‘fake arm’ to a medical worker.
The accused, who was visiting a vaccination center in Turin, is said to be a member of the anti-vaccination movement and needed the certificate to enter public places following new legislation in Italy making a Covid-19 vaccine passport compulsory.
The nurse who attempted to administer the vaccine initially thought her arm was real, before noticing that it was an odd color and that she couldn’t find a vein.
âThe color of the arm made me suspicious so I asked the man to uncover the rest of his left arm. It was well done but it was not the same color, “she told the Italian daily. The Republican.
The accused will now be prosecuted in a local court, authorities said.
Italy was first one of the countries hard hit by the coronavirus, as infections skyrocketed across Europe in the spring of 2020. It has since struggled to convince part of its population to reject anti-vaccination conspiracy theories.
About 71% of the population has had two vaccinations against Covid-19.
The country has now decided to implement a ‘green pass’ vaccine to help convince those hesitant or opposed to a vaccine, as health officials brace for a wave of the new Omicron variant of the virus, believed to be much more heritable than the world dominant delta variant.
Update: December 4, 2021, 6:30 a.m.