WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Talladega Superspeedway announced last week that people who get vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 at the event set for May 15 can drive the track.
- On Saturday, vaccinated people were allowed to drive two laps on the famous Alabama race track in their personal cars.
- The vaccination event sponsored by the track, the Alabama National Guard, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other state agencies says anyone over the age of 16 with a valid driver’s license can participate.
The Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday allowed some people to drive on its famous track after they received the COVID-19 vaccine or were tested for the virus at the track.
The event was sponsored by the track, the Alabama National Guard, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC Foundation and the Alabama Department of Public Health. The event was announced last week.
Last week’s announcement said attendees would be allowed to drive their two laps on the famed Alabama race track in their personal cars at “highway speed” if they get vaccinated or tested first.
The track, which opened in 1969, is the longest oval in NASCAR at 2.66 miles.
The campaign was open for people over the age of 16 with a valid driver’s license. Those under 18 were requested to get a parent’s permission to participate, the Alabama Department of Public Health said.
A press release reads: “Vaccines for COVID-19 are highly effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death. No registration is needed for vaccination. ADPH’s goal is to get COVID-19 vaccine to Alabamians as speedily as possible.”
Vaccines administered on the track were given by the Alabama National Guard.
Source: The Hill