Visitors to Dracula's castle in Romania are being offered the coronavirus jab.
Medics wearing fang stickers are providing shots of the Pfizer vaccine to everyone who visits Bran Castle — constructed in 1388 and located about 170km north of Bucharest — which is believed to have inspired the vampire's lair in Bram Stoker's iconic 1897 horror novel.
During every weekend this month, anyone can turn up to the castle without an appointment to get a jab and will also have free entry to the castle's exhibit of 52 medieval torture instruments.
Bran Castle hopes that the unique initiative will help boost vaccination numbers in Romania while also bringing more people to the attraction in the Carpathian mountains as tourist numbers have fallen during the global pandemic.
BBC reports that Romania has recorded just over a million infections since the pandemic began and nearly 29,000 deaths.
The country's government says it plans to vaccinate 10 million people by September, but almost half of Romanians say they are not inclined to get the jab — one of the highest hesitancy levels in Europe, according to a survey by Slovakia-based think-tank Globesec.
The castle's marketing director Alexandru Priscu said: "The idea... was to show how people got jabbed 500-600 years ago in Europe."
You can watch tourists getting vaccination here. — BANG SHOWBIZ