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Jab in the arm, not the stake in the heart: Dracula’s castle proves the ideal environment for the COVID-19 vaccine

In the file photo on Saturday, October 8, 2011, you can see the Gothic Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula Castle, on a rainy day in Bran, Central Transylvania, Romania. Romanian authorities have set up a COVID-19 vaccination center in a medieval building in Blanc, not far from the castle, as a means of encouraging people to vaccinate and boosting reduced tourism in the region as a result of the pandemic. (AP Photo / Vadim Ghirda, file)

Bucharest (AP) — At the picturesque castle of Dracula in Transylvania, Romanian doctors are holding jabs on their arms instead of piercing their hearts.

The COVID-19 Vaccination Center was set up around Bran Castle in Romania. This is said to be the inspiration behind Dracula’s house in Bram Stoker’s 19th-century Gothic novel “Dracula.”

Every weekend through May, a reservation-free “Vaccination Marathon” is held just outside the 14th-century hilltop castle to protect yourself from COVID-19.

“We wanted to show people another way to get (vaccine) needles,” Bran Castle marketing manager Alexander Presk told The Associated Press.

Those who have the courage to get a Pfizer vaccination will receive a “Vaccination Diploma”. This is well demonstrated by enthusiastic healthcare professionals wielding syringes.

“In addition to diplomas, people benefit from free admission to the (castle’s) torture chamber, which has 52 medieval torture devices,” Priscu said.

Mr. Presk said he has received numerous requests from foreigners wishing to be vaccinated in an eerie environment since the easy-going campaign of nearly 400 people vaccinated over the weekend. Bad news for them: Only Romanian residents can officially receive jabs.

The campaign runs in parallel with a series of government initiatives to accelerate immunization campaigns in more than 19 million European Union countries. The government hopes to vaccinate 5 million people by June 1 and announce a “return to normal”.

After 2:00 pm on Saturday, all vaccination centers in the country are no longer booked and 24-hour “vaccination marathon” events have begun in several Romanian cities.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Romania has recorded more than 1 million COVID-19 infections, killing 29,034 people.

Jab in the arm, not the stake in the heart: Dracula’s castle proves the ideal environment for the COVID-19 vaccine

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