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Bran Castle swaps vampire fangs for needles with free COVID jabs

Bran Castle, the inspiration for Dracula‘s lair in Bram Stoker’s novel, is swapping vampire fangs for needles by offering shots of the Pfizer vaccine.

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Bran Castle, which can be found in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains, has become a COVID-19 vaccination centre, with medical workers’ scrubs decorated with bloody fang stickers.

In collaboration with Brasov Public Health Department and Brasov County, the attraction is offering free shots of the Pfizer vaccine on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Vaccine recipients will receive a “vaccination diploma” and free access to the 14th century castle’s exhibit of 52 medieval torture instruments through June 6.

Alexandru Priscu, marketing director of Bran Castle, said: “The idea… was to show how people got jabbed 500-600 years ago in Europe.”

Fernando Orozco, a renewable energy market developer, told Reuters: “I was already planning to come to the castle and I just thought it was the two-for-one special.”

Free Pfizer vaccine at Bran Castle

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Romania’s government said it wants to vaccinate 10 million people by September. However, a survey released by think tank Globsec showed Romanians were least likely to get vaccinated in eastern Europe.

“These centres are for everyone who wants to get vaccinated but doesn’t feel like making an appointment online,” Beatrice Mahler, director of Marius Nasta hospital, told AFP.

Earlier this year, Disneyland Resort in Anaheim opened as a Super Point-of-Dispensing (POD) site, offering vaccines to those on the priority list for Orange County, including frontline healthcare workers.

“I’m proud to have Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim, both in my fourth district, be the first of the Super POD sites in Orange County,” said supervisor Doug Chaffee.

“Residents in my district have been highly impacted by COVID-19. These Super PODs are absolutely critical in stopping this deadly virus,” he added.

Images: Bran Castle

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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