In hopes of enticing travelers to visit – and join the ranks of those fully vaccinated – some tourist sites are offering coronavirus vaccines to visitors.
In the United States, 47% of adults were fully immunized as of Monday, with nearly 60% having received at least one injection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency announced new guidelines for fully vaccinated people last week, saying they no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors in many circumstances.
Many countries are running low on vaccines, but U.S. states and businesses have been creative in their efforts to encourage more residents to get vaccinated, by offering free donuts, beers, fries – or entry into a lottery. a million dollars. Over the weekend, the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama allowed those tested or vaccinated to complete two laps in a “race to end” the pandemic.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, announced earlier this month that New York City plans to “put mobile vaccination sites where tourists are” as part of an effort to bring visitors back . He named often-visited places such as Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Central Park and the High Line as potential sites and said the city will use the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine.
“We think it’s a positive message for tourists – come here for sure it’s a great place and we’ll take care of you,” he told a press conference . âWe will make sure you get vaccinated while you are here with us. “
New York City expanded vaccination offerings to tourists after the state updated its requirements to allow all U.S. residents 12 years of age and older to be vaccinated.
With cruise ship numbers expected to be close to zero this year, Alaska is facing a major tourism drought.
But those who visit the state and need a vaccine can get one at the state’s four major airports starting June 1, according to the Alaska Travel Industry Association. These airports are: Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Fairbanks International Airport, Juneau International Airport and Ketchikan International Airport.
In February, the state stopped requiring tourists to take a coronavirus test before traveling.
Officially called Bran Castle, the site for Romania’s Transylvania region, offers vaccination events on weekends until June 6. The attraction also offers free entry to the exhibition of medieval torture instruments.
Visitors to Romania from several countries, including the United States, must self-quarantine for 14 days if they are not vaccinated or if they cannot show proof of a coronavirus test negative made within 72 hours of leaving the country.
Six Flags Great America
The Illinois Theme Park – home to rides such as Demon, Goliath, and Giant Drop – has mobile vaccination teams on site the first weekend in June. The self-proclaimed “Thrill Capital of the Midwest” is also providing 50,000 state tickets to newly vaccinated residents of Illinois through education campaigns and local Department of Health programs.