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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Decker

IMS becomes mass vaccination site for Johnson & Johnson shots, more Hoosiers now eligible

March 2021


Indianapolis - Thousands of cars will make their way to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend as Hoosiers race to defeat COVID-19. The home of the Greatest Spectacle in racing will become home to the state's first mass vaccination site for three days.





From Friday, March 5 through Sunday, March 7, Hoosiers in the current eligibility groups can make an appointment to get the one-dose J&J shot. The clinic will run from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day and as of Wednesday afternoon, there were still dozens of appointments available for Saturday and Sunday.


“We’re a community-first organization, and we’re extremely proud to assist with this important effort to keep Hoosiers safe and healthy,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “I encourage those who are eligible to sign up, and I’d like to thank our state’s leadership – most especially Governor Holcomb and Dr. Box – for the opportunity to team up and pitch in.”


The move comes as Johnson and Johnson begins distributing shots across the country and vaccination plans nationally move ahead of schedule. President Joe Biden announced there should now be enough shots to vaccinate every American adult by the end of May instead of July. In Indiana, more Hoosiers are now eligible to get the shots, including at this weekend's drive-through mass vaccine clinic.


The IMS is a perfect location for moving large amounts of traffic in and out smoothly, and IMS President Doug Boles says he is glad to be able to play a pivotal role in the vaccine distribution.


“We’re a community-first organization, and we’re extremely proud to assist with this important effort to keep Hoosiers safe and healthy," said Boles. “I encourage those who are eligible to sign up, and I’d like to thank our state’s leadership – most especially Governor Holcomb and Dr. Box – for the opportunity to team up and pitch in.”


To make an appointment at the IMS, visit ourshot.in.gov or call 211 if you need assistance.


This is the first of three mass vaccination sites being set up across Indiana. The next two mass vaccination sites will take place at the following locations:


Ivy Tech Community College - 8204 County Road 311, Sellersburg


March 12-13

8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


University of Notre Dame - 100 Compton Family Ice Arena


March 19-20

8 a.m. to 8 p.m.



An additional mass vaccination site may be set up in Gary in the coming weeks, depending on shot distribution.


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