A beach. A ski resort. Dracula’s house. Some Covid-19 vaccine sites are more interesting than others. For many Americans, gone are the days of staying up late to constantly refresh government websites or of lingering at pharmacies at closing time for a chance at a Covid-19 vaccine appointment. Shots are now available across the United States at walk-up sites, which experts say are critical to helping get more people inoculated. Even in other parts of the world, like in Europe, where vaccinations are picking up after a slow start, the shots are becoming more available — and in more convenient locations. And the vaccines aren’t being given just at pharmacies and mass-vaccination sites anymore. Making the shots easily accessible — and maybe a little fun — is crucial to inoculating the people who are open to getting vaccinated but won’t go out of their way to do so, experts say. Here are a few of the unconventional places where you can get a shot. The needles at Bran Castle in the Transylvania region of Romania won’t be drawing blood — instead, they’ll be administering a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Vaccines will be available every weekend in May without an appointment at the castle, which says it is “the only castle in all of Transylvania” that fits the description of Dracula’s castle in the novel about the vampire. People who get vaccines there will get “free access to the exhibition with medieval torture tools,” the castle said on its Facebook page. But venturing to the castle for the shots and scares wouldn’t be wise for international travelers, as the vaccines are available at the castle only to residents of Romania, Bran Castle’s marketing manager, Alexandru Priscu, told The Associated Press. Amid concerns in Romania that demand for vaccines is slowing, Mr. Priscu said, “we wanted to show people a different way to get the needle.”More than 19 percent of people in Romania have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the Our World in Data project at the University of Oxford. New daily coronavirus cases there have dropped significantly — around 1,200 each day on average — since spikes in November and March. Fans at the Philadelphia Flyers’ final game of the season on Monday watched the hockey team win — by 4-2 over the New Jersey Devils — and had the opportunity to get the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those who got shots also received two free tickets for a game next season. At Seattle Mariners home baseball games, walk-up vaccines are available, administered by emergency medical workers from the Seattle Fire Department. The Seattle Sounders soccer team also offers walk-up appointments at its home games. At the St. Paul Saints’ home opener on Tuesday night in Minnesota, fans of the minor league baseball team got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine — and vouchers for four tickets to another game.

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Article Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/12/us/covid-vaccine-unusual-location.html

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