Two men in their thirties managed to get vaccinated against covid-19 in Mexico City after disguising themselves as elderly, but they have been discovered and are under arrest, the capital’s authorities confirmed on Wednesday.
“In the case of these two young men who disguised themselves and received the vaccine as elderly people, both are being held with justified imprisonment,” Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum told a news conference.
The case occurred two weeks ago at a Navy vaccination post in the Coyoacán sector, where people over 60 were being immunized exclusively, according to city hall official Cristina Cruz.
The men, aged 30 and 35, arrived there with white-painted hair and eyebrows, and wearing masks and face shields.
The two presented false identity documents and were able to receive the vaccine, but their plan fell apart when they were forced to speak with an official responsible for the vaccination plan.
“A colleague noticed by the voice that did not match (with that of an elderly person) and that was when the authorities were called,” said Cruz, quoted by the UNOTV news portal. Impostors now face charges of identity theft, he added.
Vaccination in Mexico began on December 24 with health professionals at the forefront of the pandemic, and is currently focused on the elderly. In this way, the government hopes to reduce deaths by 80%.
The country has reported isolated cases of people vaccinated in violation of the timetable established according to age criteria. Sheinbaum said on Wednesday that episodes of this type are rare in the capital.
The spokesman for the government’s strategy against the coronavirus, Hugo López-Gatell, disapproves of these behaviors, but said that whoever received the first dose irregularly will have access to the second one so that resources are not wasted.
Denying the vaccine to these people “would imply exercising an act of justice with public health measures,” he said after the case of an ophthalmologist who illegally obtained the immunizer.
Mexico, with 126 million inhabitants, is the third country hardest hit by covid-19 in absolute numbers, with 205,002 deaths and 2.2 million infections, according to official data. 9.6 million doses of the vaccine have already been applied in the country.
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