Dracula’s Castle becomes a vaccination center

BUCHAREST (AP) – In Dracula‘s castle, located in picturesque Transylvania, Romanian doctors offer a needle to the arm instead...

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BUCHAREST (AP) – In Dracula‘s castle, located in picturesque Transylvania, Romanian doctors offer a needle to the arm instead of a stake in the heart. A COVID-19 vaccination center was established on the outskirts of Bran Castle in Romania, a castle that would have served as the inspiration for the home of the famous vampire from Bram Stoker’s 19th century Gothic novel “Dracula.”

Every weekend in May, “vaccination marathons” will be held outside the historic 14th-century hilltop castle, where no appointment is required in an attempt to encourage the population to protect themselves from the virus. “We wanted to show people a different way to get the shot (vaccine),” Alexandru Priscu, Bran Castle marketing manager, told The Associated Press.

Dracula’s castle

Those brave enough to get a Pfizer vaccine get an aptly illustrated “vaccination diploma” featuring a long-fanged medical worker brandishing a syringe. “Besides of diploma, people benefit from free entry to the torture rooms (of the castle), which have 52 medieval torture instruments, ”Priscu noted.

Since the joyous campaign was launched over the weekend, when nearly 400 people were vaccinated, Priscu said it has received dozens of requests from foreigners wanting to get vaccinated in a spooky environment. Bad news for them: only residents of Romania can officially receive the puncture. The campaign runs alongside a series of government initiatives to accelerate the vaccination process in the European Union nation of more than 19 million inhabitants.

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The government hopes to vaccinate 5 million people before June 1 to announce a “return to normalcy.” On Saturday, all vaccination centers in the country stopped requiring appointments after 2 pm, and 24-hour “vaccination marathons” were held in various cities around the country. Since the pandemic began, Romania has recorded more than 1 million infections and more than 29,000 deaths from COVID.

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