A man in Italy attempted to use a fake arm to obtain a vaccine certificate without actually receiving a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a report.
The 50-year-old man was caught trying to pass off a silicone arm as his own by a local nurse in Biella, Piedmont, a city in northern Italy.
"The color of the skin was anomalous, much lighter compared to the hands or the face of the patient," said Filippa Bua.
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Bua was administering the vaccine, according to the report.
Upon inspection, Bua determined the arm was made of silicone, she said.
"I first felt sorry for the man, thinking that he had a prosthesis and wondering if I had somehow forced him to give me the wrong arm," Bua said. "But then he admitted he was wearing the fake arm on purpose to avoid getting the vaccine!"
The omission affronted the nurse of over three decades, she said.
"At the very beginning, I was surprised, then I was angry. I felt professionally offended. He showed no respect for our intelligence and our profession," Bua said. "I would never expect such a thing in my life."
The regional government of Piedmont denounced the man's efforts.
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"The case could be classified as 'ridiculous,' except that we are talking about a gesture of enormous gravity, unacceptable for the sacrifice that the whole community is paying for the pandemic," Piedmont region's president and health councilor said in a statement.