INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana and IU Health officials announced Friday night that they will resume Johnson & Johnson’s one-time vaccinations at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.
The decision was made about an hour after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration lifted their recommended hiatus from using Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine. The label is updated to warn of the risk of blood clots.
Appointments are required for the mass vaccination clinic at the IMS. On Friday at 8 p.m., appointments were still available at ourshot.in.gov. People should enter Gate 2 on 16th Street to go through the vaccinations and masks must be worn.
The clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until April 30th. From April 24-29, people 18 years and older will receive the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine. April 30th is a Family Vaccination Day, when families with children 16 and older can come together to receive the first two-dose dose of Pfizer vaccine. Appointments for the second dose are set at the time of the first dose.
Vaccinations on the speedway began on March 5th with a four-day event during which 16,800 Hoosiers were vaccinated.
To date, nearly 1.7 million Hoosiers have been 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 between IU Health and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we have received more than 38,000 gun vaccines in this round of clinics at IMS.”
Dr. Kris Box, Indiana health commissioner
“I am grateful to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indiana Department of Health for their continued guidance. And I’m incredibly inspired by the 900+ members of the IU Health team who took pictures on the Speedway this month. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and are now widely used. I encourage every eligible hoosier to get their shot for themselves, their families, and our communities. And I can’t think of a better way to greet the month of May in Indiana than getting your vaccine at the Yard of Bricks this week. “
Dr. Chris Weaver, IU Health’s chief clinical officer