Romania uses ‘Dracula’s Castle’ as site for COVID-19 vaccine ‘marathon’


Romania is trying to step up its coronavirus vaccination efforts by using “Dracula’s Castle” as a vaccination center, offering benefits to attract the most hesitant citizens.

Citizens can get vaccinated at Bran Castle without an appointment, and they will receive a “vaccinated at Bran Castle” diploma, as well as a free tour, according to a Facebook post from the tourist office.

The famous Bran Castle has been called “Dracula’s Castle” because it best matches the description of the famous Dark Lord’s house in Bram Stoker’s novel – even though Stoker never visited Romania, according to the site. Web of the castle.

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The castle was built in Transylvania and completed in 1388 outside the city of Brasov.

A banner reading in Romanian "Who is afraid of the vaccine" and representing syringes like vampire fangs announces the vaccination marathon organized at the "Bran Castle" (in background) in the village of Bran on May 8, 2021. (Photo by Daniel MIHAILESCU / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL MIHAILESCU / AFP via Getty Images)

A banner in Romanian “Who’s Afraid of the Vaccine” and depicting syringes like vampire fangs announces the vaccination marathon held at “Bran Castle” (in the background) in the village of Bran on May 8, 2021. (Photo by Daniel MIHAILESCU / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL MIHAILESCU / AFP via Getty Images)

The “vaccine marathon” to distribute the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will take place every weekend in May during the day.

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The Romanian government has used other national sites to entice residents to have their photos taken: the Bucharest National Library is another such “marathon” site, according to The Guardian.

“These centers are intended for all those who wish to be vaccinated but who do not want to make an appointment online,” Béatrice Mahler, director of the Marius Nasta hospital, told AFP.

Romania has suffered just over a million cases of the coronavirus, with around 29,000 deaths.

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About 3.6 million of nearly 19 million Romanians received at least the first dose. Romania, tied with Bulgaria, is the country least inclined to be vaccinated, according to a survey carried out in 10 European countries by the consulting firm Globsec.

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