Romania Turns Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania Into Covid Vaccination Site

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    At Dracula’s castle in picturesque Transylvania, Romanian doctors are offering a jab in the arm rather than a stake through the heart.

    A COVID-19 vaccination centre has been set up on the periphery of Romania’s Bran Castle, which is purported to be the inspiration behind Dracula’s home in Bram Stoker’s 19th-century gothic novel ‘Dracula.’

    Every weekend through May ‘vaccination marathons’ will be held just outside the storied 14th-century hilltop castle, where no appointment is needed, in an attempt to encourage people to protect themselves against COVID-19.

    Those brave enough to get a Pfizer vaccine shot receive a vaccination ‘diploma’, aptly illustrated with a fanged medical worker brandishing a syringe.

    Since the light-hearted campaign was launched over the weekend – when nearly 400 people were vaccinated – and scores of requests have come in from foreigners wishing to get vaccinated in the spooky setting.

    Bad news for them: only residents of Romania can officially receive a jab.

    Two Americans who live in nearby Brasov got their vaccines on Friday.

    The campaign runs alongside a series of government initiatives as it pushes to speed up the inoculation campaign for the European Union nation of more than 19 million people.

    The government is hoping to vaccinate 5 million people by June 1st.

    On Saturday, all vaccination centres in the country became appointment-free after 2 p.m., and round-the-clock ‘vaccination marathon’ events have been launched in several cities throughout Romania.

    Since the pandemic started, Romania has recorded more than 1 million COVID-19 infections and 29,034 people have died.

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