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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hosts 'Family Day' To Vaccinate High School Students

A photo at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's vaccination site.

(Ethan Burks, WFIU/WTIU News)

About 500 Marion County high school students were bused to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Friday to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Indiana State Department of Health hosted its first "Family Day" at the racetrack; health officials said more than 2,500 people would be vaccinated.

Indiana Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver said a state goal moving forward is trying to vaccinate more Hoosiers ages 16 to 20.

"This virus has affected them as much as it has affected all of us. They’ve missed out on sporting events, proms, graduations and all sorts of events because they’ve had to quarantine or were sick," Weaver said.

The Pfizer vaccine will be used Friday because it is the only vaccine approved for 16 and 17-year-olds.

Weaver said more than 52,000 doses have been administered at the Speedway since it became a mass vaccination site in mid-March.

"We’re going to continue the mass vaccination locations where they’re still successful, but look to start winding them down over the next month or so," Weaver said.

She said feedback from Hoosiers who have yet to be vaccinated shows a large segment of the state now would rather receive doses from their primary healthcare physicians.

The Speedway site will administer second doses of the Moderna vaccine to 21,000 people May 6-11. Weaver said those appointments are for folks who received first doses earlier this month.

Another round of first doses for the Moderna vaccine will be offered at the Speedway again May 10, 17 and 24.

"Anyone who chooses to get a two-dose vaccine on those dates will be scheduled for their second dose at another location that is convenient for them," Weaver said.

Weaver said single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine also will be made available throughout May. That brand is available again after federal officials lifted a pause on its distribution following reports of blood clots in some individuals.

The J&J vaccine is only approved for those over 18.

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