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Women caught dressing up as grannies in underhand bid to get Covid vaccine early

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Two young women got away with dressing up as grannies to get their first coronavirus vaccine.

The pair, who had their first shot weeks before, returned try and con nurses again for their second dose.

But this time the unnamed women from Orlando, Florida, were met by police officers as they were busted.

They were actually 34 and 44 – and under the State's guidelines, currently only residents 65 and older, healthcare workers and care facility residents and staff are eligible for the vaccine.

Now officials are trying to figure out how they were able to get their first jab.

Dr. Raul Pino said the pair went to great lengths to jump the queue.

“We realised that a couple of young ladies came dressed up as grannies to get vaccinated for the second time,” said the director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County to the Miami Herald.

"They were wearing bonnets, gloves, the glasses – the whole thing."

Deputies said they were busted because their real names were on the cards, but their date of births did not match.

Body-cam footage released by the force on Friday the officials talking to the two women.

“You know what you’ve done? You’ve stolen a vaccine from somebody who needs it more than you,” a deputy can be heard saying in the recording.

“And now you’re not gonna get your second one.”

Dr Pino said it’s not the first time someone has faked being old to get the vaccine.

Another incident involved a man with the same name as his dad who tried to be vaccinated in place of the older man.

It's not the first time young people dressing up as the elderly has caused problems during the pandemic.

Teens on TikTok have been showing how they sneakily purchase alcohol while under the legal drinking age.

Wearing coronavirus face covering, they were dressing up as grannies in baggy cardigans, sandals and scarves to fool shop workers to buy booze.

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