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Several dates were added in May to allow fans to get vaccinated during racing events.
“We’ll be back on track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 105th round of the Indianapolis 500,” said Doug Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, during a press conference Thursday with health officials.
While IMS will be putting fans back in the race day tradition this year, they are also adding dates for mass vaccination clinics.
- May 10, 17, 24: Vaccines from Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer
- 11-16 May: second dose of Moderna and Pfizer
- May 21: Family Day follow-up starting April for the second dose of Pfizer.
“We will continue the mass vaccination here, which continues to serve our community,” said Dr. Kris Box, state health commissioner.
IMS is really transforming into the “Greatest Spectacle of Vaccination” by offering vaccinations during driver exercises on the track.
“We want to make sure we give everyone a chance to get this vaccination here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said Boles.
Gates 1, 6, and 9 have first aid stations where fans can get vaccinated if they attend events in front of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30th.
If experience of getting vaccinated on the track is insufficient, fans who tick the box this month will receive a special racing-themed t-shirt.
On the May route, the Indiana Department of Health delivered 30,000 first doses and 20,000 second doses of vaccine. It’s a challenge that Boles, Box, and Dr. Lindsay Weaver, Indiana’s chief physician, think it is possible, especially when a new age group is considered for the recordings.
“What is really important about the Pfizer vaccine is that it is available to people 16 years of age and older, and we expect they will actually expand this to 12 years of age over the next week,” said Weaver.
During the press conference, Box also mentioned a new statistic related to breakthrough cases. Nearly 100 people in Indiana, or 0.05% of those who were fully vaccinated, have reportedly contracted COVID-19. According to Box, heads of state will discuss this fact further in a press conference with Governor Eric Holcomb on Wednesday.