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Holcomb vaccinated as mass clinic opens at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Gov. Eric Holcomb at drive-thru vaccination
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway vaccine clinic 2021

INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA21) - Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb received a coronavirus vaccination Friday morning -- and thousands of others are expected to follow at a weekend drive-thru clinic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Holcomb rolled up his sleeve about 7:45 a.m. -- moments before the clinic opened to the general public.

Holcomb said his message was, “Do it, just do it.

“This is going to help us beat COVID-19,” Holcomb said. “The more, the faster.”

Speedway President Doug Boles and several other government officials were vaccinated alongside Holcomb.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the three-day clinic, which runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Those taking part in the race track clinic will get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which received Emergency Use Authorization last weekend.

The J&J vaccine is administered in a single dose. Other vaccines being used in the United States require a second shot several weeks after the first one.

Like walk-in clinics, the drive-thru clinics require appointments and have the same age and other eligibility requirements.

Holcomb is 52 years old. Indiana on Wednesday opened vaccinations to those 50 and older.

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Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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