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The most unique places in the world to get a Covid-19 vaccine

Westminster Abbey
Annabelle Timsit for Quartz
Westminster Abbey, vaccination site.
By Annabelle Timsit
LondonPublished Last updated

When I received a text from England’s National Health Service (NHS) informing me that I could sign up to get a Covid-19 vaccine, I clicked on the link and found an available slot just one hour later that same day. All that was left was to pick one of three possible vaccination centers close to where I live. The second option caught my eye: Westminster Abbey, where every British monarch since 1066 has been crowned and where Queen Elizabeth II got married in 1947. It made getting the vaccine feel all the more special that it happened under the massive Gothic arches and colorful stained glass of a church that has witnessed so much of British history.

Around the world, public gathering spaces are being converted into vaccination centers to help governments reach as many people as quickly as possible to stop the spread of Covid-19. The World Health Organization guidelines (pdf, p. 4) state that the sites where vaccination sessions are held should be:

  • Easily accessible and identified with a sign stating “Immunization Clinic”
  • Located in the same place each time
  • In a clean area, out of the sun, rain, and dust
  • Near a sheltered/shaded area where those needing vaccination can wait
  • Large enough to provide space to have separate stations for registration and assessment, immunization and record keeping, and screening/education on other health issues
  • Quiet enough for health workers to be able to explain what they are doing and to give advice.”

Scroll down to see a collection of some of the more unique places where people have received their Covid-19 vaccines around the world.

Religious sites

Annabelle Timsit for Quartz
A shot of the inside of Westminster Abbey during a Covid-19 vaccination drive on March 18, 2021.
Bradford Central Mosque, UK.
Reuters/Molly Darlington
The crypt of Blackburn Cathedral, UK.

Museums and cultural centers

Ricardo Moraes/Reuters
Elderly citizens waiting to get vaccinated at the Museum of the Republic at Catete Palace, Rio de Janeiro
Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters
A vaccine site for those 85 and up at the Helix theatre, Dublin, Ireland.
People wait after receiving their vaccine in a converted auditorium in Ahmedabad, India
Castello di Rivoli press release
Poster for vaccine site in Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, near Turin, Italy

Shopping centers

Antara Foto/Asprilla Dwi Adha/via Reuters
A woman fills a syringe in front of a mural before vaccinating vendors at a traditional market in Depok, near Jakarta, Indonesia
People wait to be vaccinated at a shopping mall in Tangerang, near Jakarta, Indonesia.

Government buildings

TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer via Reuters
Stockholm City Hall, Stockholm, Sweden
REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
Messe Wien Congress Center, Vienna, Austria

Sports facilities

REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
Medical workers get vaccinated in the Istora Senayan indoor stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia
cnsphoto via REUTERS
A sports center in Haidian district, Beijing, China
Reuters/Carlo Allegri
Yankee Stadium, New York City, US
REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
The Sambadrome at the center of each year’s Carnival has been transformed into a vaccination site in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz
The New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, US
REUTERS/Faith Ninivaggi
Fenway Park, Boston, US
REUTERS/Matias Baglietto
River Plate stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Schools and colleges

REUTERS/Emily Elconin
Schoolcraft College, in Livonia, Michigan, US

Mobile facilities

REUTERS/Ammar Awad
A mobile vaccination center in Jerusalem, Israel


REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko
Ridge Hospital, Accra, Ghana
REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
National hospital in Abuja, Nigeria
REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Eka Kotebe General Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Additional reporting by Alexandra Ossola

This story has been updated.

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