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They’re on it: Agencies help with vaccinations at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — From IndyCar to immunizations, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles wants Hoosiers to be prepared for what to expect when they get vaccinated at the track.

Boles shared a video on Twitter explaining how the process would work.

“Listen Indiana, this is our shot. We’re gonna take care of it here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Boles said in the video.

He reminded people they can only come to the clinic if they’re registered and went on to say they should arrive no earlier or later than within 10 minutes of their scheduled appointment.

From Friday to Sunday, tens of thousands of cars will drive in and out of IMS, they’ll take 16th Street and go through the infield to get vaccinated in the garages. All the vaccination times are filled.

From there, they’ll wait the recommended 15 minutes in a parking lot nearby.

If any part of the day feels overwhelming, just look for something familiar, said Mike Bates, IMS director of safety and security. “You’ll see the Yellow Shirts (security personnel) out here which is kind of common sight out here.”

He said members of the National Guard, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan and Speedway police departments, and staffers from the Marion County Public Health Department will pitch in.

“They’re there to help with the traffic portion of it, to help get people checked in and direct people in the right direction, but it is a really good setup with two lanes and multiple garages being utilized,” Bates said.

When you get to the track, you should have your ID ready and your sleeves rolled up. Gov. Eric Holcomb will be among the Hoosiers getting vaccinated Friday at IMS.

The clinic will run from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

According to an announcement from the speedway on Friday, people receiving their vaccinations on Friday includes Boles; IndyCar President Jay Frye; IndyCar team owner and former Indianapolis 500 driver Michael Andretti; Gov. Eric Holcomb, U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, a Democrat from Indianapolis; Carson’s father; state Sen. Roderick Bray, a Republican from Martinsville; and state Sen. Greg Taylor and state Rep. Robin Shackleford, Democrats from Indianapolis.

Facts about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway vaccine clinic

  • About 16,800 people signed up to be vaccinated from Friday through Sunday.
  • Plans called for vaccinating 300 people per hour.
  • The clinic is giving the Johnson & Johnson, single-shot vaccine.

Statement

“This is a momentous and exciting day for the Hoosier State that IMS is proud to be a part of. We know getting a vaccination at racing’s greatest cathedral was extra special to so many people who have family history and life-long memories here. I encourage all Hoosiers to receive their vaccine as they become eligible so that Indiana can continue getting back on track.”

J. Douglas Boles, president, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles received their vaccines in the early morning of March 5, 2021 in Speedway, Indiana. (Photo Provided/Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

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