Romania didn't initially plan to prioritize homeless people but changed its approach after the government came under pressure from several charities and is now following a similar system to Denmark.
People sleeping rough are on par with the over-65s, chronically ill people and teachers, and just below health workers. Mobile vaccination teams have visited shelters in several towns and cities, including the capital Bucharest, over the past few days.
More than 1,300 people are registered as homeless in Romania – with the real number estimated to be several times larger; 282 of them have received a first vaccine dose and 246 have had both.
One vaccination official said the government "wants to reach any homeless people who want to be immunized" and will keep up the program in the coming days.
But vaccinating the homeless is no easy task. According to Marian Ursan, who works for the homeless charity Carusel in Bucharest, many people living on the streets don't have access to reliable information about the safety of vaccines and often distrust jabs.
With almost 20,000 COVID-19 deaths among its 19 million people, Romania has so far given 771,000 jabs since late December. Around 224,000 people have received one dose and 547,000 both doses.