Located in the ancient bed of the Túria River, over 35,000 square metres, visitors can admire the Palau de les Arts, l’Hemisfèric, the Principe Philippe Science Museum, l’Umbracle or l’Oceanogràfic.
However, since last April, this space has been prepared to receive a very special visitor: the coronavirus vaccine. Every day, hundreds of city residents come to this pollen field to receive their doses.
Excuse me, where is the vaccination? It is one of the most common questions among young people who come to the place. Rows of cars are concentrated at the entrance to the fence. Some arrive frightened to receive the puncture, while others leave happy to see that the end of this epidemic is getting closer and closer.
Near them, oblivious to what is happening, there are some tourists who visit the place. Equipped with their cameras or cell phones, they photograph any minute details and meet the townspeople who are returning to their assignments at a fast pace with a vaccination card in hand.
However, some take advantage of the summons to enjoy the surroundings, even for a few moments. How was the puncture? Do you want us to have something? » A mother asks two young men. He acknowledges that “the switch to a vaccination center is surprising, but it is also an incentive for companies.”
Workers think so, too. “We have noticed an increase in the flow of people since the start of vaccination,” they noted. They appreciate this measure because “otherwise the situation would have been worse” and stress the “great effort made by those responsible for security”.
The City of Arts and Sciences also confirms that ticket sales have increased, which they attribute “not only to mass vaccination, but also to the easing of restrictions.”
After a long day of vaccination, this space is once again flooded by tourists. Vaccines give way to pictures. The City of Arts and Sciences will once again become a place of entertainment until next Monday, when the toilets are back in operation.
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