Live to die another day? Dracula’s castle gives out COVID-19 vaccinations

Bran Castle is a legendary historical site in Romania, famous for its connections to the legendary Count Dracula. Now, Bran Castle is making news headlines for different reasons, making a sideline venture as a vaccination site for the ongoing crisis of the coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic. 

Unluckily for tourists, the vaccinations will only be available for residents of Romania. Residents will need to visit Bran Castle in central Transylvania during the month of May 2021 in order to get in on the limited deal. Vaccinations will be taking place every weekend for the entire month, and be entirely free for visitors to the castle. 

Appointments will not be needed for visitors who are just able to turn up and receive the shot on a first come first serve basis. The dose on offer is for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from the UK which has received criticism for its increase in bloodclots for certain recipients and has been linked to fatalities. The castle assures all the necessary health checks and security measures will be put in place to ensure the health and safety of staff and visitors alike. 

The castle is set on an idyllic hillside in central Transylvania, making it a hot spot for tourists to visit. The castle is considered to be the inspiration for the gothic horror lair of Count Dracula in the famous novel, Dracula by Bram Stoker. The fortress is immediately striking for its 19th century gothic architecture amidst the beauty of eastern European countryside. 

Over 400 people received a vaccination at the castle the first day it was possible, and staff were hopeful numbers would remain high for the rest of the month. Romania has seen nearly 30,000 deaths from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. It is currently holding a large-scale vaccination programme for its population, hoping to vaccinate at least 5 million people by June 1st, 2021. 

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