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Johnson & Johnson shots resume at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana and IU Health officials on Saturday resumed Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccinations at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Friday’s decision to resume shots at the speedway came about an hour after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration lifted their recommended pause on use of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine. The label will be updated to warn of blood clot risks.

Appointments are required for the mass-vaccination clinic at IMS. At 8 p.m. Friday, appointments were still available at People should enter Gate 2 off 16th Street for the drive-thru vaccinations, and masks must be worn.

The clinic will run from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Friday. From Saturday through Thursday, people 18 and older will receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Friday will be a family vaccination day in which families with children 16 and older can come together to receive the first dose of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine; second-dose appointments will be scheduled at the time of the first dose.

Vaccinations at the speedway began March 5 with a four-day event that inoculated 16,800 Hoosiers.

Through midday Friday, nearly 1.7 million Hoosiers were fully vaccinated and more than 2.2 million Hoosiers have received the first of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

“Thanks to the incredible partnerships of IU Health and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we have already gotten more than 38,000 vaccines in arms in this round of clinics at IMS.”

Dr. Kris Box, Indiana health commissioner

“I’m grateful to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indiana Department of Health for their ongoing leadership. And I’m incredibly inspired by the more than 900 IU Health team members who have stepped up to give shots at the Speedway this month. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and now widely available. I encourage every eligible Hoosier to get their shot for themselves, their family and our communities. And I can’t think of a better way to welcome the Month of May in Indiana than getting your vaccine this week at the Yard of Bricks.”

Dr. Chris Weaver, IU Health chief clinical officer