BUCHAREST (AP) – At Dracula’s Castle in scenic Transylvania, Romanian doctors offer a blow in the arm rather than a stake through the heart.
A COVID-19 vaccination center has been set up on the outskirts of Bran Castle in Romania, which is believed to be the inspiration behind Dracula’s house in Bram Stoker’s 19th-century Gothic novel ‘Dracula’.
Every weekend until May, ‘vaccination marathons’ will be held just outside the 14th century castle, where no appointments are necessary, with the aim of encouraging people to protect themselves against the disease. COVID-19.
“We wanted to show people a different way to get the needle (of the vaccine),” Alexandru Priscu, director of marketing at Bran Castle, told The Associated Press.
Those brave enough to get a Pfizer vaccine receive a “vaccination diploma,” which is well illustrated by a fanged medical worker wielding a syringe.
“Besides the diploma, people get free entry to the torture chambers (of the castle), which have 52 medieval torture instruments,” Priscu noted.
Since the light campaign was launched over the weekend – when nearly 400 people were vaccinated – Priscu has said he has received many requests from foreigners wanting to be vaccinated in the spooky setting. Bad news for them: only Romanian residents can officially receive a blow.
The campaign runs alongside a series of government initiatives as it aims to speed up the vaccination campaign for the European Union nation of more than 19 million people. The government hopes to vaccinate 5 million people by June 1 to announce a “return to normalcy”.
On Saturday, all vaccination centers across the country went walk-in after 2 p.m., and 24-hour “vaccination marathon” events were launched in several cities in Romania.
Since the start of the pandemic, Romania has recorded more than one million COVID-19 infections and 29,034 people have died.
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