INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) — Indiana University Health, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indiana Department of Health launched a 16-day mass vaccination clinic at the Speedway. On Thursday, 6,000 shot were given in the garages of this historic racing landmark.
The clinic will offer 6,000 shots per day of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and aims to administer up to 96,000 vaccines by the end of April.
Over 1,000 IU Health employees have signed up to work the clinic. Many of the first volunteer shifts are filled by physicians, nurses and support staff who have worked in IU Health’s COVID-19 wards during the pandemic.
“This historic space that brings the world the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ allowed us to bring Indiana the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Vaccinating.’ So, I say, ‘Hoosiers, roll up your sleeves! Get vaccinated. And let’s send COVID-19 to the pits,’” encouraged Liz Linden, Indiana University Health chief nursing officer.
On Wednesday, front line workers from Indiana University Health were honored for their hard work during the pandemic with “hot laps” around the track at the IMS. At the wheel(s) were Indy Car driver Conor Daly and former Indy Car driver/team owner Sarah Fisher.