(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) – The state health department is wrapping up a month of COVID vaccination clinics at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a big group of undervaccinated Hoosiers.
2,400 people signed up for Friday vaccination appointments at the Speedway, though walk-ins are welcome too. 500 of those are high school students bused in to get their shot.
Teenagers were among the last Hoosiers to become eligible for the vaccine in Indiana, and two of the three vaccines aren’t approved for people under 18 — 16-and-17-year-olds can only receive the Pfizer vaccine. That’s meant just one out of five Hoosiers between 16 and 19 have gotten the first shot, and only a third of those are fully vaccinated.
Health department chief medical officer Lindsay Weaver notes while teenagers are less likely to get seriously ill from COVID-19, they can and do spread the virus to others who may be more at risk. She says several small outbreaks have been traced to teenage sleepovers and other get-togethers.
Friday’s vaccinations are the last opportunity to get shots at the Speedway for a while, as the track transitions to getting ready for the 500. The Speedway will host patients for their second doses over the next week, and will resume mass vaccinations with the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine on May 10, 17 and 24.