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Rum, gin or … COVID shot? Sofia bar makes offer to increase low vaccination rate in Bulgaria

Bulgarians can now get vaccinated while having a drink in a cozy and welcoming bar turned into a COVID-19 vaccination center before the festive gatherings in the capital Sofia.

The move launched by the hospitality industry hopes to keep everyone safe during Christmas celebrations this weekend, as the Balkan country still has one of the lowest vaccination rates and the highest death rates. raised to the world.

People wanting to get vaccinated – or just get more information about COVID-19 – can do so in a non-hospital environment while enjoying discounted drinks at the small business in the Bulgarian capital.

Preslava Karadzhova is one of the many who have chosen to be vaccinated here to keep family and friends safe during the holiday season.

“I think it’s a great idea. It’s a lot more comfortable, a lot nicer. The doctors and nurses are lovely. So yes, I would definitely recommend it,” she told Euronews.

Event organizer Ivan Landzhev said it was a small “Christmas present” for medical institutions, as the initiative hopes to help hospitals and vaccination centers in their campaign to vaccination that is not so successful.

“Bulgaria is in desperate need of a constructive vaccination campaign. That’s what we’re trying to do here. We are trying to help them because so far there has not been a fully organized and united vaccination campaign from state institutions, ”he explained.

“I think I speak for all of us, this is the first time that the whole world has faced the same problem. We all have to face the same situation,” Landzhev said.

The bar is the only place in Bulgaria where people do not need a health certificate to enter, but will leave with one after receiving the vaccine.

“It’s great fun because sometimes people come in for a consultation too. They can have fun while getting the vaccine and they’re not just on a treadmill and just strung on,” said Dr Svilen Donev, member. of medical personnel administering the vaccine, revealed.

“It’s better for us because we have more fun vaccinating, and for them because they are happier to be vaccinated,” Donev said.

Only 27.3% of Bulgarians are fully vaccinated due to strong mistrust of COVID-19 vaccines.