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Dracula's castle proves an ideal setting for COVID-19 jabs

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Posted at 9:30 AM, May 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-10 12:30:05-04

BUCHAREST (AP) — At Dracula's castle in picturesque Transylvania, Romanian doctors are offering a jab in the arm rather than a stake through the heart.

A COVID-19 vaccination center has been set up on the periphery of Romania's Bran Castle, which is purported to be the inspiration behind Dracula's home in Bram Stoker's 19th-century gothic novel "Dracula."

Every weekend through May, "vaccination marathons" will be held just outside the storied 14th-century hilltop castle, where no appointment is needed, in an attempt to encourage people to protect themselves against COVID-19.

After receiving the vaccination, people will receive a “vaccination diploma,” aptly illustrated with a fanged medical worker brandishing a syringe.

The program, which was launched over the weekend, saw nearly 400 people receive a vaccination.

And those looking to get vaccinated in a spooky setting must be residents of Romania to officially receive a jab.