a large building: Moscow's famous GUM department store has become one of the city's vaccination centres © NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA Moscow's famous GUM department store has become one of the city's vaccination centres

Sports stadiums, cathedrals and theme parks the world over have been rapidly repurposed as temporary vaccination centres in a global drive to administer the life-saving jabs.

Here are some of the eye-catching or unusual places that are hosting vaccinations, visited by AFP reporters.?

- Kicking it off at Wembley -

Hallowed sports grounds such as Wembley Stadium, Lord's cricket ground and Bath racecourse are among numerous sports venues opened for vaccines in Britain, one of the quickest countries to roll out vaccinations.

Signs at Lord's iron gates showed a cricketer whacking not a ball but a spiky red Covid-19 virus, with the legend: "Aiming to knock Covid for 6."

a group of people standing in front of a building: Epsom racecourse is one of England's vaccination centres © Adrian DENNIS Epsom racecourse is one of England's vaccination centres

"It's such an iconic place," said one recipient, Gerardine Heneghan, 71. "And all those amazing cricketers... love it!"

"I thought it might be at my GP surgery which is literally down the road," said another, Richard Bettinson, 67. "But to come here is really good."

- Church service -

In Salisbury Cathedral, health workers primed their syringes in front of gold-painted altarpieces and vaccination tables were spaced among the soaring stone columns as jovial organ music filled the air.

"The cathedral, for 800 years, has stood here for two reasons. One is to give glory to God; the other is to serve God's people," said the dean of the cathedral, Nick Papadopulos.

a group of people standing in front of a building: England's Salisbury Cathedral has also been converted for use © JUSTIN TALLIS England's Salisbury Cathedral has also been converted for use

"Right now, this is the most effective way we can do both those things."

In a wood-panelled room in the Vatican, residents of a papal homeless shelter sat in a reclining chair as a vaccine-giver in pure white scrubs and visor inoculated them.

- Back of the bus -

For some of those who can't easily go to get their jabs, the vaccines come to them instead.

a group of people in a room: In at least one Paris district, the city hall has been adapted © Thomas SAMSON In at least one Paris district, the city hall has been adapted

In eastern France, the church bells chimed in Mery-Premecy as the "Vacci'bus" pulled into the village. Elderly local people stepped on board and sat down to receive their jabs from members of the local rescue service.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Brazil's most famous landmark is another vaccination site © MAURO PIMENTEL Brazil's most famous landmark is another vaccination site

"For people of a certain age who are in remote villages and cannot move around easily, this bus is a real godsend for them," said one vaccinator on board, Jeremy Miclo.

a group of people around each other: Medics have taken the vaccine to refugee camps such as this one in Jordan © Khalil MAZRAAWI Medics have taken the vaccine to refugee camps such as this one in Jordan

- Christ the Redeemer -

One of the countries hardest-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, Brazil, used its most famous landmark to celebrate the launch of vaccinations using the Chinese-made Coronavac jab.

a group of people looking at each other: Sports stadiums, cathedrals and theme parks the world over are just some of the eye-catching locations that have been rapidly repurposed as temporary vaccination centres in a global drive to administer the life-saving jabs. © William EDWARDS Sports stadiums, cathedrals and theme parks the world over are just some of the eye-catching locations that have been rapidly repurposed as temporary vaccination centres in a global drive to administer the life-saving jabs.

Recipients took the needle under the shadow of Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue high on a hill overlooking the city.

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One of the first, Dulcineia da Silva, 59, opened wide her arms like the iconic statue as she faced the cameras, her vaccination certificate in one hand.

- Syrian refugees -

Syrian refugee Fatima Ali received her vaccine sitting in the minibus that brought her to the clinic in Mafraq, Jordan. She fled the ongoing war in her country seven years ago with her husband and six children, finding shelter in a refugee camp near Mafraq.

"I am so happy that I got vaccinated," she said, dressed in a black face mask and headscarf.

"May God bless them all and end this pandemic, so we can go back to our country and see our children."

- Disneyland, repurposed -

After 10 months shut down by the pandemic, the Disneyland theme park in palm-lined California came back to life as a vaccination centre, aiming to give 7,000 shots a day.

Mitra Fard, pushing her newly vaccinated 83-year-old mother in a wheelchair back from the white vaccination tents, said there had been a "long line" and an extra hour's delay.

"But for the number of people, the number of cars, they're doing a great job."

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