Fact Check: Containers In Romanian Schoolyard NOT Meant For Vaccinating Children

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  • by: Lead Stories Staff
Fact Check: Containers In Romanian Schoolyard NOT Meant For Vaccinating Children Study Space

Are several large containers filmed in the yard of Bucharest's Maria Rosetti middle school meant to serve as vaccination centers for the students there? No, that's not true: a schoolmistress confirmed for Lead Stories that they were recently set up to serve as additional classrooms for the increasing number of students.

The claim originated from this video posted on TikTok on September 4, 2023, titled "Containers in schools!!! Is vaccination starting?" (archived here), with the following description:

⛔️ WHY DO YOU THINK THEY SET UP CONTAINERS IN SCHOOLS ⁉️ #2023 #vaccination #covid19 #marburg #compulsoryvaccination

All texts (including hashtags) are translated from Romanian to English by the Lead Stories staff.

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

TikTok screenshot

(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Wed Sep 27 11:19:53 2023 UTC)

The user is first filming a piece of paper printed with the message: "Please do not block entry in the schoolyard. Between August 29 - September 1 containers will be brought in."

He then moves the camera towards six large containers, saying they're blocking children from doing sports anymore and rhetorically asking:

What do you think they'll do in those containers? Look how many they brought in.

Several TikTok users reposted the original clip with captions such as "They're getting ready for compulsory vaccination" (here) and "Dear parents, no no no, and no to vaccines" (here).

The containers were set up in the courtyard of the Maria Rosetti middle school because the number of enrolled students exceeded the building capacity, according to a schoolmistress working there, and several classes in the elementary 3rd and 4th years are studying in these containers.

Containers such as those seen in these clips have frequently been added in Romanian schoolyards in recent years either to manage increasing numbers of enrolled students or as a temporary solution in schools undergoing rehabilitation.

Vaccination is not mandatory in Romania, and Lead Stories has previously debunked this theory.

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