If the Vampire doesn't have summoning sickness, sure.
If there are restrictions on when you can use an ability, the card will say so . In the absence of anything saying otherwise, the default is that you can activate any ability any time you could cast an instant.
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Any activated ability can be used with instant timing ("instant speed" is a somewhat misleading way of putting this, which we generally try to avoid here - instants aren't "faster" than sorceries in any meaningful sense, they can just be played at a wider variety of times), unless it says otherwise, or the rules do. Its cost has absolutely no bearing on this - abilities aren't any different from ones that cost only mana, or ones that involve sacrificing things. They all work the same.
Notable exceptions - abilities that are used with sorcery timing - include Equip and the loyalty abilities of Planeswalkers. Other than that, if an ability is an exception to the usual timing rules, it will explicitly say so.
Jeff Heikkinen DCI Rules Advisor since Dec 25, 2011
activated abilities can be activated when you have priority unless otherwise stated
activated mana abilities can be activated when you have priority or when you are required to pay a mana cost eg. you can tap your land for mana to pay for the Rings of Brighthearth trigger while it is resolving
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