Cyprus Mail
Europe World

Italian anti-vaxxer tries to get Covid-19 jab in fake arm

the polyarticulate prosthetic hand hannes
File photo

An Italian man turned up at a vaccination centre wearing a fake silicone arm, hoping to fool a nurse into giving him a jab in order to obtain a COVID-19 health certificate, local authorities said on Friday.

The man, who is in his 50s, has been reported to police in the northern city of Biella, regional governor Alberto Cirio said, adding that the silicone on the prosthetic arm looked “very similar” to real skin.

“(However) the colour and touch raised the suspicion of the health worker, who asked him to show the whole arm,” Cirio said.

“The incident would border on the ridiculous, were it not for the fact that we are talking about an extremely serious act,” Cirio said in a post on Facebook.

Ansa news agency reported that the man, who has not been named, worked in the health sector and had been suspended from his job because he had refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The jab is mandatory for all health workers.

Related Posts

Penny pinching and power cuts; Lebanon’s middle class squeezed by crisis

Reuters News Service

French EU lawmaker Collard joins far-right presidential candidate Zemmour

Reuters News Service

China’s Beijing to maintain Covid emergency status as Winter Olympics loom

Reuters News Service

Some money services reopen in Tonga, drinking water the priority

Reuters News Service

UK lawmaker says he will meet police over government ‘blackmail’ accusations

Reuters News Service

U.S. and Russia agree to keep talking after meeting on Ukraine

Reuters News Service